Serpent King (Nagaraja)
Central Tibet, Densatil ; 1350-1400
Bronze with gilding and semiprecious stones; H.39.4cm
The Kronos Collection
圖片取自 《Himalayas __An Aesthetic Adventure》P218
Nagaraja is a Sanskrit word from naga (snake) and raj (king) meaning King of Snakes. It is applied to two main deities, Vasuki & Takshak. Vasuki and Takshak are brothers, children of Kashyap and Kadru, who are the parents of all snakes. Vasuki, the eldest brother, was a devotee of Vishnu, and represents the friendly aspect of snakes, as they save food from rodents. Later, Takshak, who was famous for his cruelty and venom, became the king of snakes. He represents the dangerous aspect of snakes, as they are feared by all due to their venom.
資料來源：From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagaraja