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Spotlight on the Collection

Stone sculpture of the snake goddess Manasa

Every few months, we highlight a different tour through our world-class collection. Book by September 30, 2019, to receive a 20% discount.

Snakes — Sinister or Sacred?
Long before the advent of the primary religions of India, the worship of animal deities was widespread. Snakes, associated with power, life-giving water and reincarnation, were an integral part of the belief system. Snakes — Sinister or Sacred? takes you on a journey through the museum's South and Southeast Asian galleries, where you will learn how artists blended this ancient practice of animal worship with both Hindu and Buddhist artistic traditions. 

Photo: The snake goddess Manasa, Asian Art Museum, Anonymous gift, B87S1.