May 1, 2012
Jan 28, 2004
May 1, 2012

Water Ewer for Rituals (Kundika)

Water Ewer for Rituals (Kundika)

청동 정병 (靑銅淨甁)



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

Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of David S. Utterberg 1991.58


Did you know?

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 1100s, however, the kundika was used as aristocrats’ fancy water container for everyday use.

See also
Korean Art
Korean Art
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