Antique Khmer Style Mounted Bronze Protective Naga, Snake or Serpent Statue - 92cm/37"
Measures (Height) 92cm/37"
An antique Khmer style protective seven-headed Naga, Snake or Serpent from HD Asian Art. In the Buddhist culture the Naga or serpent offers protection.
The Naga, a mythical serpent-like creature, holds a significant place in Buddhism, particularly in Asian Buddhist cultures. This serpent deity is not just a mythological entity but a symbol with profound spiritual significance. The Naga's presence in Buddhist traditions represents various aspects of human existence, the natural world, and the path to enlightenment.
The Naga in Buddhism represents more than just a mythical creature; it embodies profound spiritual lessons and cultural significance. As cosmic guardians and protectors of the dharma, Nagas remind Buddhists of the importance of preserving and respecting the teachings of Buddhism. Their symbolism of transformation and rebirth reinforces the idea that spiritual growth and renewal are achievable on the path to enlightenment.
Moreover, Nagas serve as environmental symbols, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all life and the need for environmental stewardship. The Naga's presence in Buddhism underscores the rich tapestry of symbolism and wisdom that enriches the faith and culture of Buddhists across the world.
The front of the Naga is decorated with a Mandala, symbol of meditation and serenity.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas can be used to focus the attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space and as an aid to meditation. In the Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Shinto it is used as a map representing deities, or especially in the case of Shinto, paradises, kami or actual shrines.
A mandala generally represents the spiritual journey, starting from outside to the inner core, through layers.
The Naga is one of a pair currently available.
The Naga is mounted on a wood base.
The casting of this piece is lovely as you can see in the fine details of the Naga. Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful.
This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add protection to your home, office or sacred space.
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