Shiva Linga

Date: 7th–8th century

Culture: Southern Thailand

Medium: Sandstone

Dimensions: H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm); W. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); D. 6 in. (15.2 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1992

Accession Number: 1992.150.3


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