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Shivalingam with One Face, c. 750-800

India: Bihar, 750-800
Chlorite
19 x 14 x 15 in. (48.3 x 35.6 x 38.1 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1975.13.6.S
© 2012 The Norton Simon Foundation

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The Hindu god Shiva is often represented in the form of a linga, a pillar-like phallus. This lingam was carved to include the face of the god. Shiva's strongly modeled and sharply cut head is distinguished by his vertical third eye, representing his transcendental wisdom. The crescent moon in his matted hair symbolizes the power of regeneration.

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