• Lot 435

    EKAMUKHALINGA EN PIERRE

    KHMER, PRE-ANGKOR, VIIIEME SIECLE

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    EKAMUKHALINGA EN PIERRE
    KHMER, PRE-ANGKOR, VIIIEME SIECLE
    En forme de phallus, la partie inférieure de forme quadrangulaire, la partie centrale octogonale, l'extrémité en forme de dôme rehaussé sur la face principale d'une représentation de Shiva, les cheveux coiffés en chignon, ce dernier portant le croissant de lune, certaines mèches retombant sur les épaules
    Hauteur: 86 cm. (33 7/8 in.)


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    This fine and rare polished example is the phallic emblem of Shiva with a face of Shiva emerging from the octagonal mid-section. At the same time it also represents an abstract symbol of the Hindu trinity with Brahma (the creator) standing for the square base, Vishnu (the preserver) for the mid-section and the domed top for Shiva, the destroyer but at the same time creator. In Indian philosophy it is furthermore symbolic of a cosmic pillar that connects heaven and earth. A comparable large, Pre Angkor linga is published by N. Dalsheimer, Les collections du Musée National de Phnom Penh, Ecole Francaise d'Extrême-Orient, Paris 2001, pl. 31.
    Compare with a very similar ekamukhalinga sold in our New York Rooms, 25 March 2004, lot 153.

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT payable at 19.6% (5.5% for books) will be added to the buyer’s premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis


    Provenance

    Formerly in a private English collection
    Acquired in 1999 by the present owner at Marcel Nies Oriental Art, Antwerp


    Post Lot Text

    A STONE EKAMUKHALINGA
    KHMER, PRE-ANGKOR, 8TH CENTURY