In Buddhism, the Naga is a protector of the dharma or teachings of the Buddha, and in Laos, is seen as a symbol of fertility. This antique Naga wood carving possesses a richly textured patina and in Asia is of strong cultural significance.
The Naga has been mounted on a hardwood timber stand. After nearly a century of exposure to the elements, there is expected erosion of the structure, but otherwise it remains intact and is without repairs. There is obvious wearing away of the sharp points of the Naga’s head crest and other extremities.
Height: 96cm, 38 in
Width: 30cm, 12 in
Materials: teak wood
Provenance: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Period: Early 20th Century