Khyung Togchags

12th century, Tibet, brass, at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (USA).

9th-13th century, Tibet, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Garudas, known as khyung in Tibet, usually hold a long snake between their hands and through their beak. The hands may be held at chest level…

Undated, same as before.

… or the arms may be spread above shoulder level.


This one looks like a winged bull rather than a garuda.


Khyung amulet/amulette représentant un khyung

11th century, Tibet, 'togchag' (amulet) representing a mythical creature known as 'khyung' (holding a snake across its mouth)

11th century, Tibet, ‘togchag’ (amulet) representing a garuda. This mythical creature which holds a snake across its mouth is known as ‘khyung’ in Tibet. At the Ashmolean Museum (UK)

11e siècle, Tibet, togchag représentant un garuda. Cette créature mythique, qui tient un serpent dans sa gueule, est connue sous le nom de khyung au Tibet. Se trouve à l’Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Royaume-Uni).