Indian and Himalayan Art
Ritual Spoon with Gopala Krishna HandleMade in India, Asia
Possibly made in Mysore, Karnataka, India, Asia
c. 18th century
Artist/maker unknown, India
Currently not on view
2006-53-107Bequest of Dean Walker, 2006
LabelKrishna-seen here in his most popular form, the young cowherd lord (Gopala)-stands atop the handle of this elaborate ritual spoon. With one foot nonchalantly crossed in front of the other, he raises his hand to play his flute (now missing). Such spoons are used during Hindu worship, primarily for offering holy water to deities.