Vintage Terracotta Shiva Lingam with Parvati, India (11325JLK) $165


H: 8”  W: 6”  D: 4” | FREE SHIPPING

This colorful terracotta image devotional image of Shiva and Parvati was used for daily puja in a Hindu home. Shiva is represented by a lingham, a symbolic phallus, while Parvati is portrayed as a female deity figure. The dark green tree behind them highlights both of them and a garland of colorful flowers draped over the dark Shiva lingham emphasizes the importance and power of Shiva. The orange and black snake at the apex of the garland is Vasuli, the charm Shiva usually wares around his neck who represents Shiva’s power and fearlessness, while Parvati reaches across to the lingham to designate Shiva as the central focus of the composition.


This painted earthenware terracotta Hindu devotional image (murti ) of Shiva and Parvati was used to help devotees in daily prayers (puja) focus and visualize the deities on their home altar. This image is both aniconic (symbolic, abstract, and non- representational) and figurative. Shiva’s image is represented by a symbolic round phallus – a lingham – while his consort Parvati is fully portrayed as a deity. Shiva is the chief devotional image found in temples and in small shrines dedicated to him. He is known as “The Great God”  and in the Shivite branch of Hinduism which is devoted to the worship Shiva he is regarded as the Supreme Being. Among the three principle Gods of Hinduism (trimurti), he is “The Destroyer” and is said to have created the universe which he protects and is also able to transform. Shiva and Parvati together symbolize the union of the masculine and feminine that literally creates humans and, symbolically, all existence. Terracotta Images from India themselves are considered spiritual, mystical and auspicious as Hindus believe terracotta incorporates the five natural elements of air, fire, earth, water and metal and terracotta images are seen as wishes for a better life. As modern ones are mass-produced, antique and vintage pieces from the early and even to mid 20th century are now viewed as desirable collectibles. This vintage piece is in excellent condition with minor surface losses and is part of the VA Collection of Hindu-Cultural-and-Ritual Art.

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Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 10 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique/Vintage (1910-1980)


circa 1920-1950

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 8” W: 6” D: 4"

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 8” W: 6” D: 4"


2 lbs


Excellent, age appropriate signs of wear

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