A ruby, emerald and pearl-set gold pendant with yoni and lingam, Bonhams Indian and Islamic Art Sale, London. Lot 292/Sale 21359

This is a rare example of south Indian temple jewellery; such embellishments would have been used to adorn temple deities on festive occasions. The lingam is one of the most ancient religious symbols; the most common form seen in Indian representations is the lingam set in a yoni. In this gold version the large cobra head and ringed base with scale detail representing the coils surmounting a gold yoni and lingam, with three suspended elements below is typical of the Tamil ritual jewellery.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
South India
Dimension
Object size: 10.0 x 7.8 x 5.9 cm
Accession No.
2014-00427
Material
Gold, pearls, ruby and emerald
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Category
Gold