A Indian Mukhalingam Mukha face Lingum mask. large and decorative gilt bronze Shiva facial representation of a Hindu God for phalic Lingums. A rare ritual artistic artifact.
Dimensions: 18.25 x 12.5 x 5.5 inches (46.4 x 31.8 x 14.0 cm)
Condition: Excellent with wear and restorations throughout commensurate of age and use. Beautiful patina!
Mukhalinga, literally means ‘linga with a face’. The linga (or lingam) is an abstract representation of the Hindu god Shiva, seen as a symbol of energy. The mukha, is a covering used to give a face or iconic form to the abstract Shiva Lingam. Worshippers believed that the face would allow them to see, and be seen by Lo.
In Hindu tradition, the visual contemplation of deities is considered an important aspect of worship, which is aimed at obtaining the gods’ benevolence. However, mukhalingams and lingam covers are also considered something more – they are a visual manifestation of a repeatable prayer or mantra called Namah Shivaya, one of the most popular and important in Shaivism. Associated with healing, divine love and grace, devotees and yogis sing this mantra during prayer to invoke Shiva’s blessings; however, the use and presence of mukhalingams and covers is not limited exclusively to temples where formal worship takes place. Millions of households throughout India have their own lingam. Often, they are placed in the kitchen, which is considered a sacred room, and if the household has a separate prayer or “puja” room they are certainly found there too.