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Ritual Ewer

Kamakura period (1185–1333)
13th century
Gilt bronze
H. to knob 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); W. at spout 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); D. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Richard Fishbein and Estelle Bender Gift, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.31a, b
Not on view
This small gilt-bronze vessel, called kundika in Sanskrit, is a ritual implement used to sprinkle water in Buddhist ceremonies. Although East Asian kundika more often take the shape of long-necked bottles, examples like this one, with its short, bulbous body, are also found. A kundika is one of the eighteen implements that Buddhist monks and nuns need in order to perform their duties.
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