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Ewer (Shigigata Suibyō)

Overall: 27 x 22 cm (10 5/8 x 8 11/16 in.)
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Ewers such as this one are known as Shigi-shaped for their association with the temple Chōgosonshiji located near Mount Shigi west of the city of Nara. It once contained water for use in ceremonies conducted before Buddhist deities. Known as kundika in Sanskrit, water vessels were originally one of 18 items monks needed to have to perform their daily duties.
Ewer (Shigigata Suibyō)

Ewer (Shigigata Suibyō)


Japan, Kamakura period (1185–1333)

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