Lot 51
 
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Brass
20th century
Karnataka

Height: 7.5 in (18.8 cm)
Width: 2.5 in (6.3 cm)
Depth: 2.5 in (6.3 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 'mukha linga', cast as one piece in the round, has a plain lingam chamber with a stylized face and five-headed serpent above it. The five heads of the cobra represent the five desires that Shiva is said to have full control over.




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  Lot 51 of 75  

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

Estimate
$375 - 465
Rs 20,000 - 25,000

Winning Bid
$541
Rs 29,210
(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)










 



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