In Ayutthaya period, Garuda was adopted as a symbol that referred to Thai kings who were worshipped as an avatar of Narayana, King Rama of Suryavamsha dynasty ruling Ayodhya city in the epic Ramayana. Thus, Garuda, as a symbolic image of Narayana, became the symbol representing the kings of the Ayutthaya Kingdom for various affairs which appeared in many designs, especially royal seals, Phra Ratcha Lanchakon including royal barge bows .
The artworks reflecting the beliefs on Garuda in the Ayutthaya period were found in a diversity of arts, such as architecture, sculptures, paintings and fine arts. Apart from being a symbol referring to kings, Garuda is also related to Buddhist beliefs. For example, Garuda image is used to decorate religious places signifying that he is the guardian. Also, Garuda served as architectural ornaments are found in many artworks, for instance, Garuda stucco decoration on the Prang of Wat Ratchaburana, Pra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Vishnu riding Garuda depicted on the carved wooden gable at Wat Mae Nang Pluem, Pra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Garuda stucco on the gable of the chapel in Wat Khao Bandai It, Phetchaburi Province, Vishnu riding Garuda stucco on the gable of the ordination hall of Wat Phai Lom, Phetchaburi Province, Garuda stucco in carrying posture decorated at the base of sima boundary stone at Wat Sa Bua, Phetchaburi Province, etc.
Garuda in paintings is usually depicted in an assembly of divinities, such as mural paintings on the chapel of Wat Ko, Phetchaburi Province, mural paintings at Wat Yai Suwannaram, Phetchaburi Province. Garuda decoration is also presented in Buddhist temple furniture, such as Garuda decoration on the sermon throne at Wat Maha That, Phitsanulok Province, and Garuda decoration on lacquer and gilt scripture cabinet and scripture box.
A notable work of such decoration is Garuda on doors of a cabinet created by artisans of Wat Choeng Wai. Furthermore, Garuda is presented in fine arts, such as golden Garuda decoration on the miniature Prang, golden Garuda standing on Naga found at the crypt inside the Prang of Wat Ratchaburana, Pra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, etc.