ST957 BUST OF BUDDHA MUCHALINDA
LATE 12TH-EARLY 13TH CENTURY
H. 28 CMS, 11 INS
A greyish brown sandstone bust of the Buddha, meditative and serene, with a tiered conical usnisha and heavy earrings, protected by the seven-headed canopy of the naga Muchalinda
The naga (a snake deity or spirit) is a frequent subject of Khmer mythology. The naga Muchalinda protected the Buddha during a torrential rainstorm on the sixth day after his enlightenment. For a related example (without earrings) please see catalogue no. 94 in Angkor et dix siècles d’art Khmer, Exhibition catalogue, Paris: Reunion des Musées Nationaux, 1997.
Provenance: Private northern English collection (old label on stand).