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Bull with Shivalingam and Other Images

Bull with Shivalingam and Other Images, probably 16th century

India: Rajasthan (?), 1501-1600
20-1/4 x 28 x 9 in. (51.4 x 22.9 x 71.1 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
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On view

The bull is the usual companion to the Hindu god Shiva. This bull is decorated with complex iconography, including a small Shivalingam on his back, surrounded by a lotus blossom. The prominent six-pointed star on his side is a yantra, a mystical diagram that is used as an aid to meditation.

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