Ritual Spoon with Gopala Krishna Handle

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in India, Asia
Possibly made in Mysore, Karnataka, India, Asia

c. 18th century

Copper alloy

1 1/4 × 2 3/8 × 10 5/16 inches (3.2 × 6 × 26.2 cm) Mount: 1 7/8 × 1 1/2 inches (4.8 × 3.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Dean Walker, 2006

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Krishna-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.