Water Ewer for Rituals (Kundika) with Incised Parrot Design

청자 음각 앵무새무늬 정병 (靑磁陰刻鸚鵡文淨甁)

1100s
Location: 236 Korean
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Unlike most existing examples that have an image of a willow tree or lotus pond, this ewer bears an image of flying parrots delicately incised on its surface.

Description

This distinctively shaped celadon vessel is a kundika. With a spout on one side, this type of vessel is often used in Buddhist purification rituals. Unlike most existing examples that have an image of a willow tree, this work has a rare flying phoenix design incised on its surface. During the Goryeo period (918-1392), about 260 kilns operated in mainly Jeolla and Chungcheong provinces, meeting a soaring demand for high-end products like this example.
Water Ewer for Rituals (Kundika) with Incised Parrot Design

Water Ewer for Rituals (Kundika) with Incised Parrot Design

1100s

Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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