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crowned and bejewelled
female figure with a human head and torso and a snake/serpent lower
body, curled beneath her and forming the base.
She offers forth a conch shell with both hands, her arms wrapped in
ribbons, outstretched wings to her back and a snake canopy rising above
Very nicely chased and engraved, particularly to the canopy, crown,
wings and lower body.
Missing part of ribbon from
lower left arm
General overall wear
Measures 8 1/2" ( 21.5 cm )
Generally known as Naga's, the rarer female interpretations are called nagi or nagini.
Naga cults and folklore are very much a part of contemporary cultural
traditions in Hindu regions of Asia (India, Nepal, and the island of
Followers consider nagas nature spirits, guardians of treasure,
carriers of the elixir of life and immortality and the protectors of
springs, wells, rivers, lakes and seas.
They also bring rain and in some parts of southern India are given
great reverence where it is believed that they bring fertility and
The converse being that they're thought to bring disasters such as
floods and drought, malevolent actions that traditions suggest nagas
cause when they've been mistreated or as a reaction to mankind's
disrespectful actions in relation to the environment.
This bronze may be a representation of Kadru, the ancestral mother of
She is written about in both the major Sanskrit epics of ancient India,
the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and although given
different titles in each, both epics consider Kadru a major ruler and
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