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Yoni Lingam Holy Water Offering Vessel, India, Early 19th C.

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Long offering vessel in the shape of a "yoni" (stylised female sex) with a centrally placed pointed "lingam" (stylised male sex). Hammered copper, with a fine reddish-green patina. India, early 19th century. Length: 26 cm. Very good condition. A rather rare object. NOTE: The Yoni is the symbol of the Hindu Goddess Shakti, while the male counterpart is the Hindu God Shiva's Lingam Their union represents the eternal process of creation and regeneration. Normally holy water is poured from the Yoni over a separate Shiva Lingam during a Puja or prayer ceremony, but in this particular case the Yoni and the Lingam are combined within the same vessel.