Silver naga statue - click to enlarge

Gift from Paulette: a shelf-sized silver-plated dragon statue. The descriptive tag begins:

Dragons, or Naga, are featured throughout Asian folklore. These four-toed beasts symbolize the essence of strength and virtue. Their primary role is as protector and benefactor. Since their abode is the deep water, they are a source of knowledge and of fertility but they also guard the immense riches of the earth ...

A peculiar myth to which I hold a peculiar attachment, having been born in the Year of the Dragon. Naga comes from Sanskrit and means "serpent". This one holds a sphere representing the world in one paw.

(cf. HereBeDragons (22 Sep 2000), TheDefenders (27 May 2002), ...)

TopicPersonalHistory - TopicArt - 2006-03-01

(correlates: KipTheDragon, Gibbon - Chapter 1, BootyInTheBoot, ...)