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Naga. From Pala. 11th-12th Century

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dc.contributor.authorPhotographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
dc.coverage.spatialIndia (Bengal
dc.coverage.spatialBihar)
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-15T00:25:18Z
dc.date.available2019-10-15T00:25:18Z
dc.date.createdcirca 1970s
dc.identifierANUA 682-1038
dc.identifier.otherIM-144
dc.identifier.other28
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/176032
dc.descriptionRepresentations 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.
dc.format.extent35mm
dc.format.mediummounted transparency
dc.format.mediumb&w
dc.format.mediumsepia
dc.format.mimetypeimage/tiff
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBasham Collection
dc.subjectBengal & Bihar-- Sculpture - Bengal & Bihar - Hindu etc.
dc.subjectstone sculpture
dc.subjectslide set
dc.titleNaga. From Pala. 11th-12th Century
dc.typeImage
dc.date.updated2019-10-15T00:25:18Z
dc.provenanceDigitised by the Australian National University in 2019
dc.rights.licenseThis item is provided for research purposes. Contact the Australian National University Archives at butlin.archives@anu.edu.au for permission to use.
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