31 March 2005
A Brass Mukhalinga
India, Himachal Pradesh, circa 11th Century
The lingam atop a square beveled base, modeled around the side with the benign face of Shiva adorned with jewelry and hair arranged in a topknot, wear from worship
8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) high, 9¾ in. (24.6 cm.) wide, 10 in. (25.4 cm.) deep
Collection of Prince and Princess Aschwin zur Lippe-Biesterfeld, acquired in 1965.
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