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This piece made in sandstone is called a ‘Linga and Yuni’, or ‘lingayoni’. It is one of the representations of god Shiva and his wife Parvati, which symbolizes the duality that merges into unity.
Symbolizing the role of Shiva in creation, the Linga is the phallus of the god and it expresses the idea of fertility and prosperity. This shape is the emblem which mostly represent god Shiva in the temples which are dedicated to him. It is here completed by the Yoni, representing a stylized female sex, and thus evokes the mystery of the Two becoming One.
In Cambodia’s culture, the Linga is made of three completely different branches which symbolize the Brahmanic trinity: the cubic base represents Brahma, the creator and ancestor; the octagonal middle branch represents Vishnu, the curator, and the top part epitomizes Shiva, who is the ultimate power that can create and destroy.
This piece, which displays contemporary straight lines, is still widely used in the decoration of some places in Cambodia.
You can clean this sandstone piece by using clear water. To maintain its smooth appearance, you should avoid any contact of the sandstone with greasy products.