A sandstone figure of Buddha Muchalinda Cambodia, Angkor Period, Bayon Style, 13th century
Lot 183
A sandstone figure of Buddha Muchalinda
Cambodia, Angkor Period, Bayon Style, 13th century
Sold for £14,400 (US$ 23,241) inc. premium

Lot Details
Various owners
A sandstone figure of Buddha Muchalinda
Cambodia, Angkor Period, Bayon Style, 13th century
Sensitively carved with rounded face, full lips and downcast eyes, framed by a four-headed naga rising to form a four-headed naga serpent-deity, coiled amidst each other to form a mandala behind the head, stand. 42.4cm (16¾in) high. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: purchased from a German private collector, who acquired the present lot circa 1965-1975, by repute

    The motif of the Buddha sheltered beneath a snake relates to the story of the seven days of intense rain that started on the Buddha's sixth day of enlightenment, when the serpent king Muchalinda emerged to shelter and protect the Buddha from the rising waters of a nearby lake sent by a demon to drown him, so that he could continue his meditation undistracted.
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