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Naga (Serpent Divinity)

Naga (Serpent Divinity)

300s

Sandstone

Overall: 67.3 cm (26 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1943.661

Description

The coils of a serpent's body and the bottle of water in his hand confirm the identity of this figure as a water serpent divinity called a naga. Nagas continue to be important divinities in local piety, for they control the forces of water, essential for prosperity.

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