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This statue made of sandstone depicts the Enlightened one seated on the coils of Mucilinda, the seven-headed king of the Naga (cobra-like snake) It was inspired by an image in the Bayon style dating from XIIth-XIIIth centuries.
The story says that the multi-headed Naga emerged from the depths of the earth to proect 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 portray of the forces of unconscious tamed by Buddha.
This image is typical of Khmer Buddhism and it was particularly popularized during the XIIth and XIIIth centuries, under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Today, our artisans are proud to perpetuate this traditional representation. This sculpture is also produced according to the polychrome technique. Please see them in polychrome statues and polychrome ‘collection prestige’.
This sandstone sculpture can be displayed outdoors but it cannot be exposed to long-lasting frost. You can clean this piece with clear water and you should avoid contact with oil products to prevent grease stains.