A ruby, diamond and emerald-set gold pendant with yoni and lingam, Bonhams Indian and Islamic Art Sale, London, Lot 291/Sale 21359

This is a rare example of south Indian temple jewellery; such embellishments would have been used to adorn temple deities on festive occasions. The lingam is one of the most ancient religious symbols; the most common form seen in Indian representations is the lingam set in a yoni.In this gold version, set with ruby and emeralsds, the large cobra head and ringed base representing the coils of the cobra with scale detail, surmounting a gold yoni and lingam, with three suspended elements below is typical of Tamil ritual jewellery.

19th century
South India
Object size: 10.0 x 7.8 x 5.9 cm
Accession No.
Gold,emeralds, diamonds and ruby
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre