<em>Linga</em>, 10th-11th century. Sandstone, 18 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (45.7 x 14 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Alvin E. Friedman-Kien, 2002.119.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2002.119.2_transp5339.jpg)


Medium: Sandstone

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:10th-11th century

Dimensions: 18 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (45.7 x 14 x 14 cm)


Museum Location: Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)

Accession Number: 2002.119.2

Image: 2002.119.2_transp5339.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Symbolic phallus (linga). Carved of a single piece of stone, this tripartite sculpture symbolically represents the Hindu trinity: Shiva, at the top of the abstract cylindrical phallic form with incised line representing the phallus, surmounts octagonal and square prismatic shapes. representing Vishnu, the Preserver, and Brahma, the Creator, respectively. Condition: Small area of base is void, but object is stable without a mount. Surface is unevenly abraded.

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