Thailand. Ayutthaya Style, c. early 17th Century.The enchanting and mysterious Serpent is popularly revered throughout Asia as the juju of fertility and reproductive genius of the soil. In stark contrast to the sinister role into which it has been cast in the Garden of Eden, the Asian serpent is regarded as benevolent, protective, and divine. Even when it appears as king, as in this image of Muchalinda, the naga remains an epiphany of the essentially feminine spirits governing the life-giving waters. The iconography of this image recalls the episode after the Enlightenment when the seven-headed cobra, muchalinda, sheltered the Buddha from a storm that raged for seven weeks. The cobras shelter symbolically extended the powers of the (feminine) earth to deflect the wrath of the (masculine) heavens, which had been enraged by the Buddhas rejection of the (masculine and solar) royal way. The infant Apollo also gained the powers of healing, wisdom and prophesy when a serpent crawled into his crib and licked his ear. In this Asian version of the same mythic theme, Enlightenment (healing, wisdom and prophesy) is also portrayed as a transfer of the powers from the feminine earth by the agency of her serpent to a male devotee, the Buddha. (RN)
Bronze Each piece you see here is made individually by our master artisans. The craftsmanship involved creates slight variations in color, finish, size, and shape - a quality we consider to be an added touch of uniqueness. The remarkable detail of our bronze sculptures is due to meticulous and labor-intensive care by Thai craftsmen to produce these unique sculptures of exquisite detail and timeless durability. Buffing, polishing, and patinising give each piece its final green-grey verdigris or bronze luster, which conveys the essence of what we at Eastern Serenity admire in South-East Asian art.