panel (ritual & belief: representations)

Carved wooden panel from a Juggernaut car, depicting Vishnu mounted on Garuda, with Garuda kneeling on a crocodile, from whose mouth issues an elephant. Vishnu carries a conch (shanka) in his left upper hand and a wheel (chakra) in the upper right. The lower left hand has a palm facing out, pointing downwards (varada mudra); the lower right hand has the palm facing out and pointing upwards (abhaya mudra). To either side of the Vishnu figure are three wing-like projections. There is an inscription in an Indian script on the reverse, which appears to read 'Jagannath', according to Dagmar Pospisilova.

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