Serpent Pillar (Nagastambha)
Probably flanked the door of a brick temple
Serpent King and Queen (Nagaraja and Nagarani)
Serpent pillar (nagastambha) that probably flanked a door of a brick temple

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Nalanda, Bihar, India, Asia

Medieval Period

c. Late 9th - 10th century


41 1/4 × 18 × 9 3/4 inches (104.8 × 45.7 × 24.8 cm) Weight: 360.5 lb. (163.52 kg)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

* Gallery 227, Asian Art, second floor (Wood Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Purchased from the Stella Kramrisch Collection with funds contributed by R. Sturgis Ingersoll, Nelson Rockefeller, and other generous donors, the bequest of Sophia Cadwalader, the Popular Subscription Fund, and proceeds from the sale of deaccessioned works of art, 1956

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