308. Two Stone Lingams

Himalayan region, naturally formed
Size: 24 cm, 16 cm high

from

JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s
Alchemical toy-cupboard

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Found in rivers, rolled smooth over centuries, such stones were collected and installed in temples as symbols of Shiva and fertility. The most highly prized were those with distinctive coloured markings, such as these two examples, which Jean-Claude collected long before large quantities of manufactured fakes appeared on the market in the late 1970s.