Shiva Lingam Stone Pendant Necklace
Shiva Lingam Stone encased in hand carved fossil mammoth tusk
Adjustable polyester cord (black or beige, 24") hand braided in Kumihimo style, the Japanese art form of making braids and cords, literally meaning "gathered threads”
Hand carved fossil mammoth tusk fancy cinch bead slides to preferred necklace length
Carving measures just over 1" across, 1 1/2" tall and just under 1/2" thick
The Shiva Lingam is one of the most sacred icons of the ancient as well as the modern world.
These lingams come only from the Narmada River in the Central Western part of India.
The Lingam is symbolic of the Divine Creative manifestation.
The Lingam shape is representative of the power of Shiva, the Lord of Creation, the masculine creative energy.
The markings symbolize the feminine energy, the seed which is fertilized to manifest the creative power in the dance of the cosmos.
The Sacred Stone relates to the heart chakra and to the manifestation of the love energy the resides in all of us.
The Shiva Lingam also represents the harmony of balance of the soul that is maintained within the balance of the Universe.
Fossil mammoth tusk is a magnificent medium to work with for many reasons. The material itself is very dense so it takes detail well. Mammoth tusk also has a specific grain, which is quite beautiful and differentiates it from other illegal ivory sources. The colouring is also an interesting aspect to work into a design. I like to use the surface of the tusk (called the "bark", much like a tree) as it offers a good contrast to the ivory underneath. The colour variation is endless, depending on what minerals and tannins the tusk was next to in the ground. The main reason that I like to carve from Mammoth tusk is that it has a certain mystique. Early North Americans used the whole woolly mammoth. I like to think that 10,000 to 60,000 years ago, a hunter fed his family with the meat of the mammoth and now I use its tusk to "feed" my family.
Please note that fossil mammoth is restricted in the following states: CA, DC, HI, IL, NV, NH, NJ, and NY. It is also prohibited in India.