Muzium Negara Gallery B
The Makara, in Hindu mythology, is a mythical creature. It is usually the cohesion of the elements of the creatures which have special qualities.
This particular Makara is a cross between an elephant and a fish. Both these animals portray the power of the land and the sea. It is carved from a large boulder.
In those days, Makaras, which usually appear in pairs, were used as decorations. They would be placed at the main entrance of a building, especially at a candi.
This Makara was found at Kampun Sungai Emas, Kuala Muda. It is believed to be from the 7th Century AD.