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A POLISHED SANDSTONE LINGAM
A POLISHED SANDSTONE LINGAM
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A POLISHED SANDSTONE LINGAM

KHMER, ANGKOR PERIOD, ANGKOR OR BAYON STYLE, 12TH/13TH CENTURY

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A POLISHED SANDSTONE LINGAM
KHMER, ANGKOR PERIOD, ANGKOR OR BAYON STYLE, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
The surface polished with square base and octagonal middle section rising to cylindrical top
18 in. (46 cm.) high
Provenance
With Seward Kennedy, New York or London, 1971 or prior

Seward Kennedy’s Cabinet of Curiosities; sold Christie’s, South Kensington, 22 November 2016, lot 68, to Oliver Hoare.
Exhibited
London, Oliver Hoare, Every Object Tells a Story, 2017, no. 191
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Lot Essay

A lingam is the phallic emblem of Shiva. 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 phallic-shaped domed top for Shiva, both the destroyer and the creator. In Indian philosophy it also symbolises the cosmic pillar that connects heaven and earth, an understanding adopted by Hindu followers in South East Asia.
A comparable sandstone lingam was sold from the Doris Wiener Collection at Christie's, New York, 20 March 2012, lot 166.

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