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Bronze. The long neck of the kundika flares out in the middle and terminates in a narrow faceted tube. The rounded body tapers towards the splayed foot. A well-proportioned filling spout is attached at the widest part of the vessel and has a flat hinged cover. The plain surface is patinated in places.
The kundika (chongbyong) was used as a pure-water sprinkler in Buddhist ceremonies. Some bronze examples are decorated with inlaid silver and similar vessels also exist in celadon (C.55-1984). Such elegant kundikas were widely made in the second half of the eleventh and in the twelfth century.
Korea (maker) (country)
bronze with patination in places
height: (whole): 41.2
circa 1101 to 1200
Given by Mr and Mrs G. St. G.M. Gompertz
O.2-1984 (Applied Arts)