7051

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    Indian Brass Conical Lingam Cover

    Maharashtra or Karnataka, India
    18th-19th century

    height: 22.9cm, diameter: 12cm, weight: 807g

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    Provenance

    acquired by the previous owner at Christie's New York, 'Indian and Southeast Asian Art', 19 September 2002, lot 135.

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    This conical cover is to fit over a lingam (or might have been worshipped in its own right in lieu of a lingam). It is of thickly-walled brass and is of conical form with a reinforced rim and a small, solid cast lingam-yoni motif attached to the base.

    The lingam is a stylised representation of a phallus and is a tantric representation of Shiva. Usually linga are carved from stone.

    Such lingam covers are used in puja or prayer rituals and are a visible form of the mantra namah Shivaya through which devotees invoke the blessings of Shiva.

    The cover is decorative, has a fine patina and obvious age.

    References

    Aryan, S., Unknown Masterpieces of Indian Folk and Tribal Art, KC Aryan’s Home of Folk Art, 2005.

    Aryan, S., B.N. Aryan & G. Rossi, Mukhalinga, Ethnoarte, 2011.

    Rawson, P., Tantra, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1971.

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