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Unknown (maker)


Gompertz Collection


Oriental bronzes




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.

Production Notes

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.

Production Place

Korea (maker) (country)

Technique Description

bronze with patination in places


height: (whole): 41.2 cm
diameter: (rim): 1.2 cm
diameter: (foot): 9.8 cm


Koryo Dynasty
12th Century


circa 1101 to 1200


given: Gompertz, G.St.G.M., Mr & Mrs 1984 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

unknown before donor

Given by Mr and Mrs G. St. G.M. Gompertz


  1. (1986) Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The Annual Reports of the Syndicate and of the Friends of the Fitzwilliam for the Year ending 31 December 1985, Cambridge (Cambs.)
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated, pl. XVI]
  2. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 127]
    [comments: Publ.]
  3. Yun, Yong-I (2006) Korean Art from the Gompertz and Other Collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum, A Complete Catalogue, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: 330]
    [comments: Publ. p.330, no.227, Colour plate 12 right]

Other Notes

Accession Number

O.2-1984 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 16572; Input Date: 2000-12-06 / Last Edit: 2011-05-04)

Related Object

C.55-1984 - Chongbyong

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