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An image of Buddha sheltered by the seven-headed serpent, Mucalinda by

Cambodia

Title
Buddha sheltered by the seven-headed serpent, Mucalinda
Place of origin
Cambodia
Cultural origin
Khmer style
Year
circa 15th century-17th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
sandstone
Dimensions

16.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
EV1.1965
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The motif of the meditating Buddha protected by the coils of the naga king Mucalinda was a favourite of Khmer sculptors and also became popular in Thailand. Nagas, ancient Indian protectors of water and earth, were important guardian spirits. Legend tells that Mucalinda shielded Buddha from rain and rising floods spreading the hoods of his seven heads as a canopy.

Exhibition history (1)

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015