A5 - 312 pages. Brown dry oiled kangaroo leather
with four ridges on spine. Main feature is a hinged white snake
with sculpted scales and a blue ceramic glass eye. The book is sewn in French style with two reinforcing
ribbons and spinal insert. Red headbands, gold elephant hide endpapers.
'Naga' is a Sanskrit name that means 'snake'
or 'serpent'. Naga was a serpent god widespread throughout Southern
Asia and still appears on doors of Hindu and Buddhist temples
as a divine guardian.
Three black satin bookmarks with trinkets supplied
by the customer - an articulated blue cloisonne fish (symbolising longevity),
an iris flower with handmade pewter border (faith, valour and
friendship), and an elephant (wisdom). Intended as a graduation
Cover: 158mm W x 220mm H (6.25 x 8.68in).
Page: 148mm W x 210mm H (5.88 x 8.25in). Weight: 0.887kg (1.95lb).
Commission: Jasmina Higham (Canberra, Australia) 10 Mar 2005 -
24 Apr 2005