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Ekamukhalinga with head of Shiva

Pala, 10-11th C AD

Bengal

basalt

H 19.5 cm

The Ekamukhalinga is the linga adorned with one (eka) head (mukha) of Shiva. This Hindu image represents the phallic emblem of Shiva, a symbol of his procreative energy. During the medieval period in India, when Hinduism was a dominant religion, lingas were the most sacred images, placed in the sanctum of temples.



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