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Brass and silver

c. 1940s
Maharashtra/Karnataka

Height: 12 in (30 cm)
Width: 7 in (17.5 cm)
Depth: 6 in (15 cm)



The 'mukha linga' is a covering used to give a face or iconic form to the abstract Shiva lingam, the most sacred form of this powerful god. The face on these coverings, generally made from metal, allowed worshippers to both see and be seen by Shiva, a very important aspect of their ritual. This particular example has been cast in two parts, and has silver eyes. Interestingly, it appears that the form of this mukha linga may be modeled on the image of a freedom fighter or Maharashtrian Brahmin.




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24-HOUR AUCTION: INDIAN FOLK AND TRIBAL ART AND OBJECTS
21-22 AUGUST 2012

Estimate
$930 - 1,115
Rs 50,000 - 60,000

Winning Bid
$1,919
Rs 1,03,615
(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)










 



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