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Buddhist Water Sprinkler (Kundika)

A work made of slip-coated stoneware with creme glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of slip-coated stoneware with creme glaze.


Tang dynasty (618–907), 7th century



About this artwork

This type of vase with pouring spout and tubelike mouth at the shoulder has served several roles in Buddhist ritual: to purify a sacred space, to invoke a deity, or to anoint a worshipper. Created in bronze as well as several types of stoneware, these vessels originated in India and spread throughout East and Southeast Asia. In Chinese Buddhist art, the kundika appears primarily as an attribute of the bodhisattva Guanyin (Sanskrit: Avalokitesvara). This ceramic example may have been made primarily for burial.


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Arts of Asia


Buddhist Water Sprinkler (Kundika)


China (Artist's nationality:)

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600 CE–699 CE


Slip-coated stoneware with creme glaze


29.3 × 13.6 cm (11 9/16 × 5 3/8 in.); Diam.: 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.)

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Gift of Mr. Russell Tyson

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