The Honolulu Museum of Art is is lucky to have a legion of dedicated volunteers involved in all aspects of the museum. From education, to special events, and even finance, volunteers are the lifeblood of the museum, and at the heart of it is Director of Volunteer and Visitor Services, Vicki Reisner. Those who’ve called the museum for information on hours and location will know her as the voice of the museum’s phone directory service, the museum knows her as an institutional memory bank—she’s been at the museum since 1989, handling everything from Kama‘aina Christmas to facility rentals, before assuming her present position. Those of us who share office space with her know her as “Empress V.” Her grace was kind enough to honor us with some thoughts on her favorite piece in the museum.

“The naga is a many-headed serpent and represents the bridge between men and gods. When I traveled to Cambodia and Angkor Wat, I was blown away by the incredible craftsmanship and the massive stones that make up the temples. Angkor Wat is one of the wonders of the modern world, and was once the largest city in the world. There are many massive nagas around the Cambodian temples, and it is so impressive to see this wonderful example here in our museum.”

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Anonymous (Cambodia)
Naga Finial, 10th century
Sandstone
Purchase, 2004