Naga ring

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Exquisitely fashioned from 22 carat gold, the ring takes the shape of a coiled naga. The tip of its tail coils close beside the band, and the body spirals around the finger, culminating in a powerful face with bulging eyes, upturned snout, and mouth with fanged teeth and extended tongue. The serpent’s scales are individually articulated along the full surface. Left intentionally loose by the artisan, the tongue moves in and out, simulating a living creature.

Historical period(s)
Bangkok period, 19th century
Medium
Gold
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.5 × 3 × 1.5 cm (1 3/8 × 1 3/16 × 9/16 in)
Geography
Thailand, Rattanakosin
Credit Line
Purchase — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Accession Number
S2018.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Type

Ring

Keywords
Bangkok period (1782 - ), dragon, Thailand
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Amalin Sundaravej

Description

Exquisitely fashioned from 22 carat gold, the ring takes the shape of a coiled naga. The tip of its tail coils close beside the band, and the body spirals around the finger, culminating in a powerful face with bulging eyes, upturned snout, and mouth with fanged teeth and extended tongue. The serpent’s scales are individually articulated along the full surface. Left intentionally loose by the artisan, the tongue moves in and out, simulating a living creature.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum