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Naga-Protected Buddha
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Naga-Protected Buddha

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Description In the 10th century, Cambodian political expansion disrupted Dvaravati traditions, and the open eyes of this Buddha give it a Cambodian look. It was also in the 10th century that the naga-protected Buddha became established as an important type of image for the Buddhists of Cambodia. The naga may have represented a power that could carry one's soul to heaven following death.
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Mr. Lamai, Kamphaeng Phet, prior to January 20, 1951 ["from Wat Phraeo, Old Kamphaeng Phet."]; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, January 20, 1951 [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1960, inv. no. 138]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
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Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992

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10th century
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6 5/16 in. (16.1 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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