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Kundika (Buddhist Ritual Water Sprinkler) Vessel

Asian Art

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.

DATES 16th century
PERIOD Muromachi Period
DIMENSIONS from base: 10 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (26.7 x 10.5 cm) at mouth: 3 in. (7.6 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Stanley L. Wallace
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CAPTION Kundika (Buddhist Ritual Water Sprinkler) Vessel, 16th century. Bronze, from base: 10 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (26.7 x 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Stanley L. Wallace, 77.141. Creative Commons-BY
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Kundika (Buddhist Ritual Water Sprinkler) Vessel