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An alabaster Buddha Muchalinda

Ava period, 18th-19th century

Alabaster with a nice patina


Private German collection 

This charming sculpture shows the historical Buddha, seated in bhumisparsha mudra, sheltered by the coiled body of Serpent king Muchalinda. Legends of the Serpent king offering the Buddha protection under his canopy are a popular source of imagery in Southeast Asian art. The fearsome head of the serpent with his wide open eyes and double raw of sharp teeth contrasts with the serene expression of the Buddha. Incised patterns illustrate the intricate patterns of the scales. On the reverse the end of the snake's tail is beautifully rendered.  



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