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.
- Title: Serpent Goddess or Revati
- Date: 4th century
- Medium: Sandstone
- Dimensions: 66 in. (167.6 cm)
- Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
- Accession Number: F.1972.37.S
- Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation
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