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Buddha Protected by a Seven-headed Naga

Period:
Angkor period
Date:
late 12th–early 13th century
Culture:
Cambodia
Medium:
Sandstone
Dimensions:
H. 35 in. (88.9 cm); W. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.96.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 249
This fragmentary sculpture, reportedly found south of the temple of Chausay Tevoda outside Angkor Thom, is in the late twelfth-century style of the Bayon. It originally portrayed Siddhartha before his enlightenment, meditating while seated on the coils of a giant naga (serpent). According to legend, a huge cobra shielded the future Buddha from a storm sent to distract him from his meditation and thereby prevent his ultimate salvation.
New York. Asia House Gallery. "Ancient Cambodian Sculpture," October 9, 1969–December 7, 1969.

Indianapolis Museum of Art. "Treasures of the Metropolitan- Curator's Choice," October 23, 1970–January 3, 1971.

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