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Indian Carved Yellow Sandstone Yoni Bowl, 19th Century or Earlier



An unusual Indian carved yellow stone bowl in the form of a yoni, 19th century or earlier, India. Carved from a yellow sandstone, what might be described as Jaisalmer yellow today, the deep and well hollowed bowl is shaped as a yoni, a sacred and ritual symbol of fertility and female power. Yoni are often paired with the phallic lingam. Together they represent the union of man and woman and cosmic wholeness. In ritual use, water is poured over the lingam, then flows from the spout of the yoni, becoming purified and holy in the process. In fact, the bowl can be used as a pouring vessel, with the spout directing and controlling the flow of liquid beautifully. The form and decoration simple and timeless. The stone with a warm and mellow patina from use, the exterior with an almost buttery feel. Perfect for use as a catchall or small planter. Interior diameter of the bowl approximately 7".


  • Dimensions
    Height: 4 in. (10.16 cm)Width: 11.5 in. (29.21 cm)Depth: 9 in. (22.86 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century or Earlier
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Intact, with signs of use and beautiful patina.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894718476052

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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