Lingam

This is a heavy cast linga-shaped gold sheet ornament. The linga (‘mark’ or ‘sign’) is the abstract representation of the Hindu God, Shiva. The linga is a phallic form that signifies the transcendent energy or creative powers of Shiva. Individual lingams were carried on their owners, a tradition that originated in Karnataka, southern India during the 12th century.

Date/Period
7th-16th centuries
Region
Central Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: L 1.5 x W 0.8
Accession No.
1997-03810
Material
Gold
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Category
Gold