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Emblem of God Shiva with Four Faces (Chaturmukhalinga)

A work made of sandstone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of sandstone.

Date:

7th/8th century

Artist:

India
Rajasthan

About this artwork

The most sacred aspect of Shiva, one of the principal gods of Hinduism, the linga is the main focus of worship in temples dedicated to him. Taking the form of the phallus, it symbolizes Shiva’s yogic control of the cosmic creative force. This chaturmukhalinga (Shiva linga with four faces) aligns with the cardinal directions and represents the four aspects of the god: creation, wrath, gentleness, and ascetic self-discipline. Worship of the linga dates back to the most ancient times in the Indian subcontinent.

Status

On View, Gallery 141

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Emblem of God Shiva with Four Faces (Chaturmukhalinga)

Place

Rajasthan (Object made in)

Date

601 CE–800 CE

Medium

Sandstone

Dimensions

71.7 × 40.6 × 44 cm (28 1/4 × 16 × 17 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Gift of Marilynn Alsdorf

Reference Number

2021.236

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