Join Date: Dec 2004
Hi Rick and Nechesh,
There's a really fundamental problem: on an elephant, the trunk is the NOSE.
On this figure, there's a perfectly good, human-form nose, right above that beak.
If that's the way you identify elephants, you might identify each kid with a popsicle, or every karaoke singer with a microphone in his mouth, as an elephant. Right? That's the structure we're looking at here. The snakey-looking thing comes out of the mouth, not off the nose.
I can agree that it's a Garuda figure, rather than my earlier guess of Hanuman, because it looks like a human upper face, combined with a bird-beak for a mouth. Also, elephants don't have feathers for "hair" as this figure obviously does.
Another point: that "trunk" has stripes like a snake: possibly a krait or something else.