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Serpent Goddess or Revati, 4th century

India: Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, Gupta period, 300-399
Sandstone
66 in. (167.6 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1972.37.S
© 2012 The Norton Simon Foundation

Not on view

This sculpture represents a serpent goddess (nagini), perhaps Revati, wife of the serpent god . Serpent deities are depicted as human figures, with the exception of the reptilian coils and hoods that rise behind their heads like canopies. The five-headed serpent canopy of this sculpture is no longer intact. Images of nagarajas (male serpent gods) typically have seven-headed serpent hoods rather than five-headed ones, which are associated with naginis.

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