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Naga. From Pala. 11th-12th Century

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Title: Naga. From Pala. 11th-12th Century
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Bengal & Bihar-- Sculpture - Bengal & Bihar - Hindu etc.;stone sculpture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Representations of serpent-genii or Nagas occur in association with other divine persons symbolizing fertility, prosperity, and earthly wealth. Serpent gods personify the life energy which is beneficent but blind until the way of the Ada [sic] Buddha has been found. As in the present example, the attributes of intense devotion refer to how to obtain enlightened understanding as found in deep meditations. The Nagas are embodiments of the powers of earthbound life worshiping the release earned by the strictest asceticism. Characterizing the style of this sculpture from Pala are the long tubular limbs of the Naga, which are almost too elegant to believe and the great emphasis on jewelry, detailing and background material: here provided by the multi-headed hood of serpents behind the Naga. -- London, British Museum.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1038


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