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Linga (Phallic Emblem of Shiva) with Architectural Base

Period:
Angkor period
Date:
ca. 975
Culture:
Cambodia
Medium:
Stone
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm); W. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm); D. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Enid A. Haupt, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.393
Not on view
In India and other countries influenced by Hindu theology, including Cambodia, adoration of the linga is understood to be worship of the great generative principle of the universe, conceptualized as an aspect of Shiva. Because some of the Khmer kings identified themselves with Shiva, they placed a linga at the summit of their most important temples as part of their royal paraphernalia.
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