A copper alloy naga hood panel Cambodia, Khmer 12th/13th century
Lot 1141
A copper alloy naga hood panel Cambodia, Khmer 12th/13th century
Sold for US$ 17,500 inc. premium
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A copper alloy naga hood panel
Cambodia, Khmer 12th/13th century
With green encrusted patina; the scalloped leaf-shaped panel cast with six highly stylized heads in profile connected to the main body by curving and ribbed bellies. The primary head is cast in high relief in a frontal orientation with a projecting rectangular jaw, spiraled nostrils and budging eyes framed by layered brows. The upper body is work with finely incised scales.
19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) high

Footnotes

  • This magnificent naga hood would have have served as the canopy of a Buddha Muchalinda sculpture. A separately cast seated Buddha would have been placed on the coiled body of the naga (also separately cast), and the completed group would have repesented the legend of the Buddha being protected by the naga during the epic flood.

    For a complete example in the Cleveland Museum of Art, see Bunker and Latchford, Khmer Bronzes, 2010, fig. 8.46, p. 339 and another in the National Museum of Cambodia, that shows the three parts, fig. 9.6a&b, pp. 358 and 359.

    Provenance:
    Private Collection, New York
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