14078. Indian Stone Shiva Lingam
India, Rajastan Ca.19th - 20th Century AD.
A lovely example of an ovoid lingam meant as an abstract representation of the Hindu god Shiva. The lingam is hand-carved from a beige-hued stone that features mottled bands of dark grey, citrine, marigold, and white hues, and the rounded form is accentuated via its incredibly smooth surfaces. Lingam stones are typically found along the banks of the Narmada River already smoothed and placed in temples or smaller shrines. Items like this example are often placed alongside representations of the goddess Shakti called yoni.