Gold lingam cover with semi-precious stones

This is an 18th century gold lingam cover from South India. It represents the third eye of Shiva. The cover has semi-precious stones and is tiny in size. It is a rather exquisite artefact for its casting as well as for its inlay which has remained intact.

Indigenous Name
Mukhalingam
Date/Period
18th century
Region
South India
Dimension
Object size: H7 x L5 x W4.5cm
Accession No.
1994-00518
Material
Gold, emerald, rubies
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Gold