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.
- Title: Antefix with Five-headed Serpent
- 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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