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Title

Buddha sheltered by the seven-headed serpent, Mucalinda

circa 15th century-17th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Cambodia


Cultural origin

Khmer empire


Date

circa 15th century-17th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

sandstone


Dimensions

16.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EV1.1965



Place

Where the work was made
Cambodia

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Provenance


Joshua McClelland Print Room, 1965, Melbourne/Victoria/Australia, purchased by Mr J.H. Myrtle on behalf of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, March 1965.