Bronze Kundika with Silver-Inlaid Design

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Bronze Kundika with Silver-Inlaid Design


Widely regarded as one of the finest works of Goryeo metal craft, this Buddhist ritual vessel - known in Sanskrit as a kundika - has an elegant body that is 37.5 centimeters high and elaborately decorated with floral bands around the neck and foot.

It also features an idyllic waterside landscape with a hill of reeds and willow as well as several waterfowl, some floating in the water and others in the air, and a man rowing a boat.

The vessel is made of bronze, with the ornamentation done using the silver-inlaying technique, which saw great advancement during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392).

On the shoulder is a spout whose cover is decorated with an engraved vine and lotus design. The cover is made of silver and also decorated with the engraving technique.

The vessel is characterized by a stable body proportion with fine curves. Goryeo artisans produced several bronze kundikas with silver-inlaid ornamentation, but this is regarded as one of the best among the masterpieces that have survived.

Name: Bronze Kundika with Silver-Inlaid Willow and

Waterfowl Design

Period: Goryeo

Location: Yongsan District, Seoul

Status: National Treasure No. 92

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