Rare Copper Antique Yoni/Shiva Lingam Ceremonial Vessel for Holy Water
L15 x W6¾ x H2¾ inches (38 x 17 x 7 cm) Weight 1.49 kilos (3 lb 4 ½ oz)
NOTE: This item has sold but there is another set HERE
This is an extremely rare and highly desirable museum quality antique Yoni Lingam – a ceremonial vessel for Holy Water. It is believed to date from the 16th century and probably has its origins in the Indian Himalayas.
This ancient tear-shaped object has been beautifully forged from hand-beaten copper. It features a centrally placed pointed lingam set within the bowl, and has a matching navel underneath. It is structurally sound and in an excellent star of preservation. It has the patina, look and feel of great antiquity. It sits neatly on the circular base of the navel…all else being raised above the surface. It’s a truly sensual and beautiful form!
The Yoni (vulva) is the symbol of the Hindu Goddess Shakti, while the male counterpart is the God Shiva’s Lingam (phallus). Their union represents the eternal process of creation and regeneration. Normally holy water is poured from the Yoni over a Shiva Lingam during a Puja or prayer ceremony…but in this case the Yoni and Lingam are combined within the same vessel.
Although clearly NOT a singing bowl I have no doubt that this extraordinary and ancient ritual object will appeal to serious collectors of antique Lingam bowls.