Water Ewer for Rituals (Kundika)

청동 정병 (靑銅淨甁)

Outer diameter: 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.); Overall: 33 cm (13 in.)
Location: not on view
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This distinctively shaped vessel is called a kundika in Sanskrit, simply referring to a water bottle.


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 12th century, however, it came to serve as aristocrats’ fancy water container for everyday use.
Water Ewer for Rituals (Kundika)

Water Ewer for Rituals (Kundika)


Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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