rounded body supporting a tall neck tapering to domed disk surrounded by a thin faceted sprinkling spout; set at one side with a tall waisted spout and attached lid. Koryo dynasty.

Water Vessel, 12th-13th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

Bronzeexpand_more

Gift of funds from Fred and Ellen Wellsexpand_more  97.123

According to Buddhist iconographical standards, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara holds a long-necked vase like this one, called a kundika in Sanskrit, from which the water is dispensed. Similarly, Buddhist priests sprinkle worshippers as a form of ritualized washing of the body. The vessel is refilled using the hinged spout on the shoulder.

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Title
Water Vessel
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Artist
Accession Number
97.123
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rounded body supporting a tall neck tapering to domed disk surrounded by a thin faceted sprinkling spout; set at one side with a tall waisted spout and attached lid. Koryo dynasty.