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Ritual ewer (kundika)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

With the elegantly-shaped bodies and delicately inlaid pictorial designs, Goryeo ritual ewers show the high level of metal craftsmanship of the period. One exquisite example is this ritual ewer with a design of willow trees and a riverbank scene. The fluently expressed willow trees, ducks, and fishermen provide a glimpse of the leisurely life of the Goryeo aristocracy. The intricate details of the inlaid silver and the elegant form of this ewer shows the sophisticated Korean traditional metalwork of that time.

History of the Object
This ritual ewer derived from a water bottle used by Brahmans and later by Buddhist monks in ancient India. A number of examples in celadon or bronze have survived to the present day, including this one.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Bronze with silver-wire inlay 
Measurements
Diameter of mouth 1.1cm, diameter of body 12.9cm, diameter of bottom 8.6cm 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 12th century 
Creation date
12th Century; Goryeo 
Function
used during Buddhist rituals 
Acquisition
This object was donated in 1916 by Taerauchi, who was then the governor. 
Copyright
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean Government 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
 

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