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Kundika

Asian Art

MEDIUM Cast bronze
  • Place Made: Korea
  • DATES 12th-13th century
    DYNASTY Goryeo Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS H: 14 5/8 x W: 4 7/8 in. (37.2 x 12.4 cm) Diameter at mouth: 3/8 in. (1 cm) Diameter at base: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 74.27
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul E. Manheim
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Kundika, 12th-13th century. Cast bronze, H: 14 5/8 x W: 4 7/8 in. (37.2 x 12.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul E. Manheim, 74.27. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 74.27.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION From "Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum" catalogue: The long fine slender neck and the small spout on the broad shoulder are typical characteristics of Goryeo kundika (Buddhist ritual ewer). Kundika were used to offer clean water to the altar or carried by Buddhist monks traveling for cultivation. This kundika type was popular during the Tang Dynasty and continued to be used in the northern regions of China during the Northern Song and Liao dynasties. In Goryeo, bronze kundika were especially popular. Similar examples were also made in celadon. The shoulder of [this] kundika is decorated with incised lines, and the spout was cast separately and attached to the shoulder. The lid, which was attached to the spout by a hinge, has been lost. The particularly thin and elongated profile of the kundika suggests a date of the twelfth or thirteenth century.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (73%)
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