Indian Hindu 19th c tan steatite stone sculpture of a shiva linga , this piece was temple used . A bit of information of this type of sculpture. For a sincere devotee, the lingam is not merely a block of stone. It is all-radiant - talks to him, raises him above body-consciousness, and helps to communicate with the Lord. Lord Rama worshiped the Shiva Linga at Rameshwaram. Ravana, the learned scholar, worshiped the golden Linga for its mystical powers.Based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda. size L9" W 5" H 8" weight 11 pounds.