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Four-faced Lingam

Asian Art

MEDIUM Black schist
  • Place Made: Nepal
  • DATES ca. 14th century
    DIMENSIONS 3 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (8.3 x 3.8 cm)
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1998, provenance not yet documented; by 1998, acquired by Samuel Eilenberg of New York; 1998, bequeathed by Samuel Eilenberg to the Brooklyn Museum; April 6, 2021, accessioned by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Miniature stone lingam (phallic emblem of the Hindu god Shiva) with the upper part of four Shiva figures depicted in high relief on each side. The lingam shows signs of wear, suggesting that it has been worshipped repeatedly (with annointment and poured offerings, likely originally inserted into a yoni-shaped altar base in a home shrine.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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