Seated Buddha Mucalinda
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
Some accounts of the life of the Buddha tell of a serpent king, named Muchalinda, who witnessed Shakyamuni’s meditation and recognized its importance. When a storm came, the snake coiled himself to serve as a throne for the Buddha and spread his multiple cobra hoods to serve as a canopy. This episode was very popular in the Khmer domains of Cambodia and Thailand.
Bronze with traces of gilding
11 x 5 x 2 3/4in. (27.9 x 12.7 x 7cm)
mount (with object): 11 1/4 × 5 × 3 in. (28.6 × 12.7 × 7.6 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon
Seated Buddha Mucalinda, late 12th-13th-century. Bronze with traces of gilding, 11 x 5 x 2 3/4in. (27.9 x 12.7 x 7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, 1995.180.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.180.2_bw.jpg)
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