<em>Kundika</em>, 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 (Photo: , 74.27_PS11.jpg)


Medium: Cast bronze

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:12th–13th century

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)


Museum Location: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor


Accession Number: 74.27

Image: 74.27_PS11.jpg,

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.

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