Serpent Goddess or Revati
- Place Made:
- India: Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, Gupta period
- 4th century
- 66 in. (167.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Norton Simon Foundation
- Accession Number:
- © The Norton Simon Foundation
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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