Buddhist Water Sprinkler (Kundika)

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

Date:

Tang dynasty (618–907), 7th century

Artist:

China

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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Title

Buddhist Water Sprinkler (Kundika)

Origin

China

Date

600 AD–699 AD

Medium

Slip-coated stoneware with creme glaze

Dimensions

H. 29.3 cm (11 9/16 in.); diam. 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Russell Tyson

Reference Number

1950.1634

Extended information about this artwork

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