The Mukhaliga exhibited first time

By Kim Oanh |

(QNO) - The Mukhaliga (linga with face) dating from the 7th-8th century (found at the My Son Sanctuary site, Quang Nam province on 5th November, 2012) was first time exhibited by the My Son Relics Management Board on November 22nd  to mark the 14th anniversary of recognition My Son as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

Du khách tại buổi trưng bày Mukhaliga.
Du khách tại buổi trưng bày Mukhaliga.

The Mukhaliga was carved from an ocher sandstone block with the fairly strange beautiful stone ridges, with 126.5 cm high, 41.5 cm wide, 41.5 cm thick has 3 round, octagonal and square parts of nearly the same height. In particular, the round part has a statue head relieved. After the head, there are the relatively evenly bow-shaped ridges. The head is placed between the ridges on vertical axis. This unique and rare Linga - Mukhalinga has attracted many visitors to enjoy and research.

Mukhaliga found at My Son on November 5th 2012
Mukhaliga found at My Son on November 5th 2012

The octagon part has the equal symmetrical sides; two adjacent ones are not equal (18cm-16.5cm). Each edge of the square part is 41.5 cm.

Some experts said that this Mukhaliga dated early, from the 8th, ancient style of My Son tower E1. This is the first linga found at My Son, one of the unique lingams in Southeast Asia.

By Kim Oanh