Linga with Face of Shiva (Ekamukhalinga)
India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)
This rare metal linga is addorsed with the figure of Shiva, who displays a rosary (aksamala) and citron fruit (vijapuraka), representing the seed of the universe. Shiva is routinely described as the “seedgiver,” the supreme progenitor. Stylistically, this sculpture is closely related to the Karttikeya (L.1994.21.3).
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