An image of Buddha sheltered by the seven-headed serpent, Mucalinda

Unknown Artist

Buddha sheltered by the seven-headed serpent, Mucalinda

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Cambodia
Cultural origin
Khmer empire
Year
circa 15th century-17th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
sandstone
Dimensions
16.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
EV1.1965
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.