Pieces of the blue and gold tiles that once covered the scales of this 19th century naga, or water dragon, remain on the weathered surface, adding interesting glints of light to the exotic sculptural form. Traces of red can be seen on the beard, around the eye and between the scales. The naga curved gracefully toward the sky on the roof of a Buddhist temple. One of the most revered forms in Thailand, the naga is said to have protected the Buddha from lightning as he meditated under the bodhi tree. Because of that association, it is used as a protector against natural disasters, often as an architectural element. After the forms are weathered and lose some of their shiny tiles, they take on an especially mysterious look that makes them an interesting sculptural accent. This one has been mounted on a black metal stand. Dimensions including stand: height 31 1/2" (80 cm), width 20 1/2" (52 cm). The depth of the naga is 1 1/4" (3 cm) and of the stand 5" (13 cm).