Crystal linga

This quartz crystal linga is the abstract representation of Shiva. It is a phallic form that signifies the transcendent energy or creative powers of Shiva. The form comprises a square base representing Brahma (the creator), an octagonal mid-section representing Vishnu (the preserver) and a round top representing Shiva (the destroyer). Individual lingams were carried on their owners, a tradition that originated in Karnataka in South India during the 12th century.

Date/Period
12th-13th centuries
Region
Cambodia
Dimension
Object size: H:8.2 x Cir:12.0
Accession No.
1998-00476
Material
Quartz crystal
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Jade