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A Large Gilt Copper Repoussé Linga
Property from the Collection of Anthony d'Offay
A Large Gilt Copper Repoussé Linga

NEPAL, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

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A Large Gilt Copper Repoussé Linga Nepal, 16th/17th Century The cylindrical domed shaft over a flared lotus base mounted with four faces representing aspects of Shiva, each holding a rosary and water bottle, all between friezes of laced bands and floral scrolls, the top inset with a rock crystal cabochon, the details very finely worked and gilt overall 13 in. (33 cm.) high

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This large linga is the form of panchamukhalinga, five-headed Shiva. The four faces protruding from the sides are directed in the cardinal directions, representing different aspects of the deity, the ferocious Bhairava (south), Nandin with a lion crown (west), Tamreshvara with floral and serpent earrings (north), Mahadeva with matted hairstyle (east), all bearing rosaries and a bottle with the elixir of immortality. The fifth, representing the absolute, is generally not shown, but is here represented by a rock crystal inset cabochon.

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