Serpent Deity (Nagaraja)

Place Made:
India: Uttar Pradesh, Mathura
overall: 78-1/4 x 34-5/8 x 13 in. (198.8 x 87.9 x 33 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

Serpents (nagas) are credited with the power to cause rain, bringing forth growth and abundance. Because they shed their skins, they are also considered symbols of regeneration. In Indian art, serpent deities are often represented as humans with snake hoods. The importance of this figure is conveyed by his frontal pose, his monumental size, and the seven-headed snake hood that rises above him like an enormous canopy.

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