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Coronavirus Temporary Closure: Please note that Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery will be closed from 17 March 2020. You can keep up to date with the latest information here.

Café, galleries and shop: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

House: Tuesday – Sunday 12  – 5pm

Free, timed entry tickets to the House are available at the information desk on arrival or online here.

Last entry to the House is at 4.30pm

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+44 (0)1223 748 100
mail@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

 

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Our work of the week is the Khmer Buddha. This sculpture dates from the 13-14th century and is from the Khmer Temple Phra Prang Sam Yod, Lopburi in Thailand. The sculpture shows the Buddha seated on Naga King, a multiheaded water snake. The image of the Buddha under the protective hood of the Naga is a common motif in Lopburi art, and depicts the Buddha meditating during the sixth week after achieving enlightenment, when a fierce storm brewed up. The Naga king, Mucilinda, emerged, raised the Buddha up on his coils and opened his hood to shelter Buddha from the torrential rains. For seven days, the storm raged, but Buddha continued his meditation undisturbed under the Naga’s protection.

In A Way of Life Jim Ede said

“as I look at this statue I am very conscious of its blending immobility with activity…surely such a Buddha as this sits beyond time in its pose of calm, and emanates an ever-increasing power. As I put a flower in its hands someone standing near said ‘Buddha is smiling.’”

To read more about this type of statue click here.