Indonesian Carved Teak Root Mythological Snake Sculpture

This impressive sculpture is incredibly smooth to the touch due to the teak root, which had a long life underground, where the constant movement of water gave it this fluid design. The spiral detail is typically from Borneo and the fact that it is one piece carved on both sides is special. The Naga (or snake) is a very significant mythical symbol in many Asian cultures.


Borneo, circa 1880


37" H   31" W   42" H with stand