1,300-year-old Mukhalinga statue in My Son

Mukhalinga made from sandstone is the only artifact discovered in Vietnam, describing the reincarnated universe in ancient Champa culture.

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1,300-year-old Mukhalinga statue in My Son
The statue of Mukhalinga is located in the middle of the showroom of My Son Museum, at the entrance to My Son Sanctuary. According to the museum's introduction, this artifact is dated to the 7th - 8th century, 126.5 cm high, consisting of three circular, octagonal, square sections. Mukhalinga in My Son is considered a masterpiece of Cham sculpture, owning standards in shape and symbolic meaning.
1,300-year-old Mukhalinga statue in My Son
The statue is called Mukhalinga instead of Linga because the head part of the male linga symbol protrudes the head of Shiva, which is carved into a block of 23 cm high, 13.5 cm wide and a bun of 5.5 cm high. This Mukhalinga is the only work in Vietnam.
1,300-year-old Mukhalinga statue in My Son
The head of the statue looks from the  90 degrees horizontal corner. According to the conception of the Cham people thousands of years ago, Shiva is the supreme deity symbolizing destruction. This god is often expressed through the abstract image of Linga (male genitalia). Cham people worship Linga - Yoni (female genitals) in temples.
1,300-year-old Mukhalinga statue in My Son
Mukhalinga is made of yellow-brown sandstone blocks, with large interconnected particles and fancy vein lines. Mukhalinga form describes the principle of reincarnation of the universe. In the bottom square is the god Brahma, symbolizing birth; the octagonal in the middle is Vishnu, symbolizing existence; the top round pillar is the god Shiva, symbolizing destruction.
1,300-year-old Mukhalinga statue in My Son
The rupture behind the Mukhalinga statue. The artifact was discovered in November 2012, after a heavy rain, about 10 meters east of E4 temple at the relic of My Son temple. Mukhalinga My Son has been classified as a national treasure in 2015.
1,300-year-old Mukhalinga statue in My Son
The Mukhalinga detection area in group E, the earliest dating population in My Son. The temples and towers in My Son relic are denoted by letters and numbers to classify research and guide the visit. The researchers said that most likely this is the linga on My Son E1 church and is mentioned in the Cham epitaphs found in My Son relics.

My Son E1 is the only temple that still retains the first architectural and sculptural elements of Champa art in the 7-8 century. Currently the temple has completely collapsed, leaving only the decorative base of the church now on display at the Da Nang Museum of Sculpture along with some ruins.
1,300-year-old Mukhalinga statue in My Son
Besides Mukhalinga, My Son Museum also displays many sculptural artifacts of the monument such as stelae and ancient statues ... In the photo is a top of sandstone tower dating from the 10th century of A1 temple, the 28 m high building is considered a typical masterpiece in the golden age of Champa.
1,300-year-old Mukhalinga statue in My Son
A1 temple drawing of 1895.
1,300-year-old Mukhalinga statue in My Son
Remains today of the temple A1. The temple was destroyed during the war in August 1969. Photo: My Son Cultural Heritage Management Board.

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