- Dated: mid-late 19th century
- Measurements: overall length 77 cm
The massive steel head is chiseled overall with floral work and the Hindu god Krishna flanked by two “gopis”, all inlaid in brass within pavilions topped by brass parasols. It has a steel top spike and hardwood haft.
- "Gopi" is a word of Sanskrit origin meaning "cow-herd girl".
- In Hinduism specifically the name “gopi” (sometimes “gopika”) is used more commonly to refer to the group of cow herding girls famous within Vaishnava Theology for their unconditional devotion (Bhakti) to Krishna as described in the stories of Bhagavata Purana and other Puranic literatures.
- Of this group, one gopi known as Radha (or Radhika) holds a place of particularly high reverence and importance in a number of religious traditions, especially within Gaudiya Vaishnavism.
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