Antefix with Five-headed Serpent

Antefix with Five-headed Serpent
Artist:
Thailand, Khorat Plateau (?)
Date:
c. 1100
Medium:
Sandstone 
Dimensions:
overall: 42-1/2 x 21-1/2 x 21 in. (108 x 54.6 x 53.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1983.23.S 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Description

Symbols of abundance and fertility, multi-headed rearing serpents (nagas) are common decorative motifs found on both Hindu and Buddhist temples in mainland Southeast Asia. The central serpent of this antefix holds a garland of jewels in its mouth as both an offering to the icon housed within and as a reminder of the merit one can achieve through worship at the temple. This type of inward-leaning antefix was introduced to Khmer temples around 1100.

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