Silver lingam holder…
Silver lingam casket(ayigalu or shivadhara) from Karnataka, India. In “round pot” shape to put a lingam(stone) in. The “Lingayat” carry a small whole lingam around there neck, arranged in a nice silver case. Each day, the lingam is held in the hollow of the hand, the spiritual person fixes his attention on the black/brown stone inside while repeating will mantra it “Om Namah Shivaya”….This one cannot be opened, because the chain became a bit damaged by using it for a long time. The previous owner taped it with some black cotton. Now it’s okay for wearing. Early 20th century.
Casket 6 cm x 5 cm total with chain 50 cm
Weight 110 gr