Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
An aniconic representation of the Hindu deity Shiva in the form of a lingam (phallus), representing Shiva as a stambha (pillar) with no beginning or end. According to the Shiva Purana, there are believed to be sixty-four jyotirlinga sites in the Indian subcontinent, which are considered shrines to the deity. Twelve of these, considered the holiest, are known as Maha Jyotirlingam.