Ancient Style Khmer Buddha with Naga Stone Figure - CAMBODIA -

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Seller: artcharl-xisybii4 (236) 100%, Location: Marietta, Georgia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 253967252521 Museum Quality Khmer Style Figure - Ex: Palm Beach Collection Large ancient style carved sandstone figure depicting Buddha meditating with Naga, in the Samadhi pose under the protection of Munchalinda. The serpent coiled body forms the throne for the Buddha while his seven head hood rises up behind and curves over, forming a protective canopy. Very well done carving with amazing detail throughout. An old piece, possibly ancient, from the Bayon Period, 12th Century, Cambodia. Similar pieces in museum collections throughout the world, including The Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University (see last photo). Black painted hardwood base measures 7" x 6" x 2". Professionally mounted via brass rod to the base. I was able to swivel the carving some, but am unable to remove the piece from the base. Tiny chip on Buddha's nose, otherwise solid with no cracks or repairs. A really beautiful piece of carved sandstone. Old sticker on the bottom indicates French ownership at one point. Purchased at auction years ago from an estate in West Palm Beach, FL. This sculpture depicts the serpent king Muchalinda protecting the Buddha Shakyamuni from heavy rains. There are numerous extant Cambodian images of this configuration because it was the focus of a cult during the reign of the Cambodian king Jayavarman VII, who ruled the Khmer empire from about 1181 to 1218. Although this scene had been depicted earlier in South and Southeast Asian art, it was the Khmer who popularized it. The reasons that Jayavarman chose to stress the Muchilinda Buddha remain speculative. Snakes were associated with healing, and perhaps because Jayavarman may have been lame, he emphasized healing, as indicated by his construction of hospitals throughout the kingdom 19 inches tall by 8 inches wide 21 inches tall on base weight 30 lbs. Ex: West Palm Beach Collection Ex: French Collection $69.00 shipping/handling in the United States due to size and weight See my other auctions for fine antiquities, Asian art and ethnographic curiosities from around the world. Condition: 19 Inches Tall, Age: Pre-1800, Primary Material: Sandstone, Region of Origin: Southeast Asia, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original

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