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Shiva Linga

7th–8th century
Southern Thailand
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm); W. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); D. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1992
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245
Shiva can be worshipped in innumerable forms, both natural and man-made. These forms can range from small river-washed stones (banalinga) to mountaintops that are deemed to display a linga-like profile (lingaparvata). In Southeast Asia, a distinctive conical linga with square shaft, unlike any Indian forms, appears from about the sixth century onward. The greatest concentration of examples of this type is found in peninsular Thailand, though their distribution is far wider, extending east to Borneo and Bali.

cat. no. 81
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century," April 14, 2014–July 27, 2014.

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