Guardian angels, supposedly protective spirits, have been common to the religious beliefs of many cultures. The earliest depiction of an angel--or the precursor of angels--may be the winged figure on an ancient Sumerian stele. Other precursors may be the giant, winged, supernatural beings, part human and part animal, that guarded ancient Assyrian temples and so may have served as models for the conception of angels as protectors.
Indonesian guardian angels such as this are hung over infants' cribs and the beds of small children to supposedly safeguard them as they sleep. This angel Goddess was handcrafted in Bali (carved, painted and gilded) from where it was imported. (Measures approximately 15 ½" long.)