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Naga-enthroned Buddha
Place of Origin: Central Thailand
Date: approx. 1875-1900
Materials: Lacquered and gilded copper alloy with pigment
Style or Ware: Bangkok
Dimensions: H. 10 5/8 in x W. 5 1/4 in x D. 3 7/8 in, H. 27.0 cm x W. 13.3 cm x D. 9.8 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: 2010.517
On Display: No

Description

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After the Buddha attained enlightenment he spent the next seven weeks meditating. During the fourth week it began to rain heavily. A serpent king (naga) emerged and coiled his body seven times around the Buddha to keep him warm, and covered the Buddha's head with his large hoods to protect him from the rain.

The image of the naga-protected Buddha was very popular in Southeast Asia from around the 400s, though with a variety of meanings and associations. (Many earlier nagaprotected Buddha images do not refer to the story of the naga sheltering the Buddha from the storm.)

In popular belief the Buddha in different positions was associated with different days of the week. The Buddha protected by a serpent was linked with people born on Saturday.


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Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Label:

After the Buddha attained enlightenment he spent the next seven weeks meditating. During the fourth week it began to rain heavily. A serpent king (naga) emerged and coiled his body seven times around the Buddha to keep him warm, and covered the Buddha's head with his large hoods to protect him from the rain.

The image of the naga-protected Buddha was very popular in Southeast Asia from around the 400s, though with a variety of meanings and associations. (Many earlier nagaprotected Buddha images do not refer to the story of the naga sheltering the Buddha from the storm.)

In popular belief the Buddha in different positions was associated with different days of the week. The Buddha protected by a serpent was linked with people born on Saturday.


Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010