Lintel: Vishnu upon Garuda

Sanctuary, Wat Phu

Vishnu rides his mount, Garuda. The bird-man grasps a multi-headed naga in either arm, while he tramples one-headed nagas who, rearing up, obscure his legs. The calm and symmetry of this design emphasize its purely formal elements, and the well-judged curve and modeling of Garuda's torso are especially pleasing. White patches on this lintel are lichens, not paint.