Domestic Little Linga


On display at the Met, a neat little linga, made of stone, 8th century or earlier, from Jammu and Kashmir, an aniconic embodiment of Lord Shiva. I like its diminutive features. It often gets forgotten by people in the west that this kind of aniconic figure represents the essence of Saivan ritual art. According to Wikipedia, the particular form of Kashmir Saivism is a householder religion.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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