Description During one of the weeks following his enlightenment, the Buddha Shakyamuni was sheltered from the rain by a serpent known as a "naga." In Cambodia, the naga, in the form of a multi-headed hooded cobra, was considered to be the spirit of the irrigating rivers and canals as well as a rainbow-bridge to heaven. This sculpture is carved from arkosic wacke, a type of sandstone rich in the mineral feldspar, which gives it a crystalline quality.
|6/27/1994||Examination||examined for condition|
- Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Luang Ban, Bangkok; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, Maryland, 1948 or earlier ; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1992.  Presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1960, inv. no. 445, from foundation records: "Not from Lopburi but from Angkor Wat."
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992
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