On View: Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)
18 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (45.7 x 14 x 14 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Dr. Alvin E. Friedman-Kien
Prior to 1981, provenance not yet documented; before 1950, reportedly owned by C. T. Loo, Paris, France; by 1981, acquired by Frank Caro Gallery, New York, NY; 1981, purchased from Frank Caro Gallery by Alvin E. Friedman-Kien of New York, NY; 2002, gift of Alvin E. Friedman-Kien to the Brooklyn Museum.
Symbolic phallus (linga). Carved of a single piece of stone, this tripartite sculpture symbolically represents the Hindu trinity: Shiva, at the top of the abstract cylindrical phallic form with incised line representing the phallus, surmounts octagonal and square prismatic shapes. representing Vishnu, the Preserver, and Brahma, the Creator, respectively.
Condition: Small area of base is void, but object is stable without a mount. Surface is unevenly abraded.
Linga, 10th-11th century. Sandstone, 18 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (45.7 x 14 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Alvin E. Friedman-Kien, 2002.119.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2002.119.2_transp5339.jpg)
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