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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is an important object for the museum, because it was especially brought from the Wat Phu site to the museum.

History of the Object
The Yoni, usually used to anchor a linga, represents the equivalent of the feminine power, whilst the linga is a symbol of Shiva and his generative role. In creation, the Yoni represents nurturing and fertility. Surrounding the cavity for the linga is a channel for ablutionary waters to flow through. The yoni comes from Wat Phu. Wat Phu is a World Heritage listed site. It is a former Khmer temple complex at the foot of the Linga Parwata mountain, so called by the Khmer because of the resemblance its summit bears to a Linga, the phallic symbol of the Hindu God Shiva, to whom the temple is dedicated. Ancient inscriptions (5th-6th Century) mention a sanctuary built on the site. This was later replaced with the Angkor period buildings that remain today, erected between the 11th and 13th Centuries. The complex extends from East to West for about 1.4 km. Stretching up to the hillside to the Sanctuary and the Sacred Spring, that filters through the mountain starting from the East, pilgrims come upon a causeway lined with lotus-tipped stone pillars and flanked by reservoirs that represent the ocean that surrounds Mount Meru, the abode of the Hindu gods.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
Width 35,5 cm. Length 42,5 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Laos 
Geography
Laos 
Time period
AD 9th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
9th Century -14th Century 
Function
ritual 
Acquisition
Brought to the museum from Wat Phu. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The State of Laos 
Museum
Laos National Museum 
Credit line
 

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