The naga, Southeast Asia's "dragon of the sea," is a favorite protector throughout the region. This one, of weathered teak wood, is from Thailand where naga often are seen in pairs at entrances to temple grounds and positioned at intervals along roof lines. They are there to ward off evil spirits and natural disaster just as the naga is said to have protected the Buddha from lightning as he meditated under a bo tree. This one still has traces of yellow paint, and most likely was studded with brightly colored tiles when it was part of a temple roof in 19th century Thailand. Mounted on a metal stand, it is an exotic sculptural form. Dimensions: height 25" (64 cm), width 13" (33 cm), depth 4" (10 cm).