Kundika (Buddhist Ritual Water Sprinkler) Vessel
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
Kundika is a Sanskrit term for a long-necked water-pouring vessel. Throughout Asia these vessels were associated with wandering ascetics, who carried them like canteens. In ancient India, pouring water into the hands of another person was a way to express “your wish is granted.” Because of water’s association with wishes, purification, and nurturing, kundika often appear among the attributes of Buddhist deities such as the future Buddha Maitreya and the Bodhisattva Guanyin. In ritual, they are used to evoke those deities and to pour water for cleansing purposes.
10 1/2 × 7 × 6 in. (26.7 × 17.8 × 15.2 cm)
from base: 10 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (26.7 x 10.5 cm)
at mouth: 3 in. (7.6 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Stanley L. Wallace
Kundika (Buddhist Ritual Water Sprinkler) Vessel, 16th century. Bronze, 10 1/2 × 7 × 6 in. (26.7 × 17.8 × 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Stanley L. Wallace, 77.141. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.141_bw.jpg)
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