Water Ewer for Rituals (Kundika)

Water Ewer for Rituals (Kundika)

청동 정병 (靑銅淨甁)

1100s

Bronze

Overall: 39.5 cm (15 9/16 in.)

Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of David S. Utterberg 1991.58

Description

Known as kundika in Sanskrit, this distinctively shaped vessel served to purify a sacred space and to invoke a deity. In Korean Buddhist art, it appears primarily as an attribute of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Gwaneum in Korean). By the 1100s, however, the kundika was used as aristocrats’ fancy water container for everyday use.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Bronze

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