• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 915

    A bronze finial with Nagas

    KHMER, ANGKOR PERIOD, BAYON STYLE, 13TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A bronze finial with Nagas
    Khmer, Angkor period, Bayon style, 13th century
    Cast with seven naga faces, one larger and centralized, adorned with pendant necklaces and large tiaras, their faces with bulging eyes and extended tongues, the back with their snake hoods finely articulated
    19 in. (48 cm.) high


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    When a storm raged and torrential rain fell for a whole week, the king of the nagas, Muchalinda, rose from the earth, coiling its body to form a seat and swelled its great hood to shelter Buddha. This is a large and striking example of a naga hood executed with great vigor and fine detail.

    Provenance

    Private collection, America, 1993-1994