Basin with Inscribed Figures and Calligraphy

청동 은입사 호 (靑銅銀入絲兩耳壺)

Overall: 17 cm (6 11/16 in.); Diameter of mouth with rim: 21.7 cm (8 9/16 in.)
Location: 236 Korean
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A child, one of the main decorative elements for this basin, is possibly a young Buddhist pilgrim named Sudhana, who took a long spiritual journey to search for enlightenment.


This bronze basin may have been used for containing purified water. What makes this work charming is its intricate decoration done in silver inlay: the five-character, four-line poems interspersed among images of a child. The poems, which evoke the concept of nonattachment and nonduality, were written by Buddhist monks.
Basin with Inscribed Figures and Calligraphy

Basin with Inscribed Figures and Calligraphy


Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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