long-necked ewer with motif of dragons on handle and lid; bulbous body, gently curving spout with scalloped design around base

Ewer, 15th-16th century

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Long-necked ewers, sometimes referred to by their Sanskrit name kundika, are used to sprinkle water during a variety of Buddhist rituals in East Asia. This rare example features a dragon coiling up the handle toward a supernatural chimera (an elephant-tiger-oxen hybrid known as a baku) crouching atop the lid.

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Details
Title
Ewer
Artist Life
act. 15th-16th century, Japanese
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.435
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 818
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long-necked ewer with motif of dragons on handle and lid; bulbous body, gently curving spout with scalloped design around base