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Emblem of the God Shiva with One Face (Ekamukhalinga)

A work made of sandstone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of sandstone.

Date:

c. 6th century

Artist:

India
Madhya Pradesh

About this artwork

Enshrined in the innermost sanctums of temples dedicated to Shiva throughout southern Asia, lingas are phallic emblems of the deity’s cosmic, procreative powers. Shiva is regarded as possessing five faces or aspects, and lingas sometimes contain anthropomorphic depictions of one, four, or five of these faces. The head on this ekamukhalinga (single-faced linga) displays many of Shiva’s identifying traits, such as the prominent vertical third eye, the matted hair indicative of his ascetic practice, and the crescent moon affixed above his left forehead.

Status

On View, Gallery 141

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Emblem of the God Shiva with One Face (Ekamukhalinga)

Place

Madhya Pradesh (Object made in)

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501 CE–600 CE

Medium

Sandstone

Dimensions

49.3 × 15.6 × 17.5 cm (19 3/8 × 6 1/8 × 6 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Gift of Marilynn Alsdorf

Reference Number

2021.241

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