Lladro Bal Gopal 9.5 x 4.75 Spirit of India. Base included and attached to the piece.
Bal Gopal is Krishna's name as a child. This is the third piece in the collection of small spiritual and religious icons portrayed on a lotus flower. Lord Krishna is one of the most venerated gods in Hindu religion and is one of the many avatars or incarnations of the god Vishnu. Bal Gopal is always depicted as an infant or young boy in different situations. These include the image of Krishna as a shepherd playing the flute, an allusion to his childhood in the company of a family of shepherds, which has earned him the title of protector of herdsmen and herds. Lladro has taken its inspiration from that image of the young Krishna to present us a piece where, as with the rest of the collection, the exquisite treatment of every detail makes it a true gem.
In this figurine one can readily appreciate the meticulous attention to detail. The work reproduces the clothes worn by Krishna in Hindu symbolism, enriching the piece with enamels and bright, lively colors. The taste for detail is readily visible in the borders, headdress, bracelets, the flower necklace and anklets. The size of the piece enhances its preciousness. Another feature worth noting is the grayish blue tone of the complexion, a color the Hindu tradition reserves for deities. Though small in size, this piece combines various finishes and decorative styles, from the small Lord Krishna made in glazed porcelain, the golden luster applied to the flower anthers, the enamels on the leaf and the striking lotus flower with its large, delicate petals. The piece includes a pedestal which is reminiscent, in height and shape, of the altars in Hindu temples.