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Large 17th-18th Century Indian Mukhalingam Gilt Bronze Mask

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  • Description
    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! AVANTIQUES is dedicated to providing an exclusive curated collection of Fine Arts, Paintings, Bronzes, Asian treasures, Art Glass and Antiques. Our inventory represents time-tested investment quality items with everlasting decorative beauty. We look forward to your business and appreciate any reasonable offers. All of our curated items are vetted and guaranteed authentic and as described. Avantiques only deals in original antiques and never reproductions. We stand behind our treasures with a full money back return if the items are not as described. 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. Please also consider Avantique’s antique and ancient Asian Art Collection of Han Dynasty, Tang Dynasty, Ming Dynasty, Qing, and Republic period items to complete your home and office decorations with class. Avantiques has Asian pottery, terra cotta, bronze, and paintings to complement your collection. We strive to collect the highest quality Asian antiquities in exceptional condition.
  • More Information
    Origin: India
    Period: Pre 18th Century
    Materials: Bronze, Cast
    Condition: Good. Excellent with wear and restorations throughout commensurate of age and use. Beautiful patina!
    Creation Date: circa 1700
    Styles / Movements: Religious, Asian, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 629763
  • Dimensions
    W. 12.5 in; H. 18.25 in; D. 5.5 in;
    W. 31.75 cm; H. 46.36 cm; D. 13.97 cm;
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