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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC (?)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 59 centimetres
    • Height: 35 centimetres
    • Weight: 62 kilograms
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        painted on top
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2012 Sep – 2013 Jan, BM G91, ‘Ritual and revelry: the art of drinking in Asia'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • M.635
COMPASS Title: Linga and yoni


COMPASS Title: Linga and yoni

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