Shivalingam with Four Faces
- Place Made:
- India: Uttar Pradesh
- c. 900
- 22-1/2 x 17 x 17 in. (57.2 x 43.2 x 43.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Norton Simon Foundation
- Accession Number:
- © The Norton Simon Foundation
The Sanskrit word "linga" means "sign," and the Hindu god Shiva is commonly worshiped in this form. This elaborate lingam is carved with four heads, which face in the four cardinal directions. A fifth head is implicit in the smooth dome of the lingam and symbolizes the ultimate and abstract form of the supreme being. Shiva's cosmogonic aspects are both male and female, angry and benign.
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