This is a Thai Cast Bronze Lopburi Naga Buddha Statue, 18th - 19th Century A.D. The Naga Buddha is sitting with one leg folded over the other. Both hands laying on his lap holding a pearl and the two mudra for this piece are (virasana and the samadhi asara mudra) which is interpreted as the buddha in deep meditation.

The word Naga means "cobra" in Sanskrit. The naga which is seen sheltering the Buddha while meditating is know as Mucilanda. The story says that the multi-headed Naga emerged from the depths of the earth to protect the Buddha from the heavy rains that a demon decided to deploy on him in order to distract him. The snake has several symbolic interpretations, including the portrayal of the forces of unconscious tamed by Buddha.
Provenance: From a private Hampshire collection, acquired in the late 1950s. The artefact is in fine condition, weighs 530gms and measures 158mm tall.

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AA1252 Thai Cast Bronze Lopburi Naga Buddha Statue
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