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Large Sculptural Thai Naga

Large Sculptural Thai Naga


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 396830

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Shimmering gold and blue tiles represent scales on this 200-year-old naga (sea dragon) that stands 50 inches (127 cm) tall. Used in Thailand as temple roof finials or in pairs at entrances to guard against evil spirits and natural disasters, the powerful, mystical naga are among the most revered Buddhist symbols. With its soaring, curving form and large size this particular naga is especially sculptural. It shows the emerging outline of the sinuous Thai cho-fa, a simplified, streamlined shape that evolved from the naga. To make the naga, a large, heavy piece of teak wood was carved in its curving shape, then fitted with colored tiles. About 25 years ago when we found this piece in North Thailand, it had been decommissioned from use at a temple. We had it fitted with a metal base to create a stunning piece of sculpture. It is made more intriguing because tiles are missing to reveal in places the black cement used to attach them and under that, the raw teak wood. Dimensions: height 50" (127 cm), width 32" (81 cm), depth 4-1/2" (10 cm), stand 10" (26 cm) square. SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM