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Linga. Black sandstone linga on a circular base with a long tapering spout. A serpent partly coils round the linga and has its head resting on the top. The lower portion of the base is unfinished indicating that the piece was originally set in the floor of a temple or shrine. Painted inscription.
- 18thC (?)
- Found/Acquired: India (east)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Width: 59 centimetres
- Height: 35 centimetres
- Weight: 62 kilograms
Inscription Commentpainted on top
2012 Sep – 2013 Jan, BM G91, ‘Ritual and revelry: the art of drinking in Asia'
Purchased by John Bridge at the Stuart sale at Christie's in June, 1830. The collection was given to the British Museum in 1872 by Mrs John Bridge and his nieces, Miss Fanny Bridge and Mrs Edgar Baker, on the death that year of George Bridge, brother of John Bridge.
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Object reference number: RRI11892
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