Handle with Intertwined Figures and Serpents
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
H. 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm); Gr. W. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm)
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Perry J. Lewis Gift, 1990
This elaborate openwork handle for a ritual vessel is composed of a series of figures intertwined with snakes (nagas). The lower figure is half-snake, half-human; above it are three humans with naga-hoods, jewels, and crowns. They are likely nagarajas—the chief nagas who are charged with the protection of the earth's waters and riches.
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