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Kundika (Buddhist Ritual Water Sprinkler) Vessel

The Kundika pitcher was one of the eighteen objects that a Buddhist monk had to own. According to a document written by the Tang priest Jijing, baked clay ewers were used to offer water to the deities, while those made of bronze and iron were for daily use. Chinese ewers vary, perhaps because of the influence of Persian wares brought through the Silk Road, styles that were introduced to Japan through Korea. This example is identified as the futatsu type, with its S-shaped spout and no handle.


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