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Title

Buddha sheltered by the naga Muchalinda

early 19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

In the Bangkok period, the patronage and glorification of Buddhism continued as the principal theme of the arts. This seated gilt Buddha sheltering under the seven headed 'naga' is typical of the showy glitter cherished at this time. Its iconography relates to the life story of the Historical Buddha, Shakyamuni: in the fifth week of the seven weeks he meditated after attaining Enlightenment, when he was seated at the edge of Lake Muchalinda, a terrible storm arose, causing the waters of the lake to rise. Seeing that Buddha was lost in meditation, the serpent ('naga') king Muchalinda slipped his coils under Buddha's body, lifting him above the flood. At the same time, he spread the hoods of his seven heads to shelter him. This image is found throughout Southeast Asia.

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.332
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales


Details


Other Titles

Figure of Buddha (enthroned on the seven headed naga)

Buddha enthroned on seven headed cobra

Buddha enthroned under the seven headed naga


Place where the work was made

Thailand


Date

early 19th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

bronze, gold, crystal


Dimensions

74.3 x 54.3 x 33.4 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1948


Accession number

8337



Place

Where the work was made
Thailand

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history