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Water bottle (kundika or jeongbyeong)
first half of 13th century

Unidentified, Korean
Goryeo period

Stoneware with white inlay under celadon glaze
H: 35.8 W: 14.4 D: 13.0 cm
Gangjin or Buan, Korea

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1909.45

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Originating in India and first made from metal, this vessel shape was used in Buddhist rituals for sprinkling sacred water through the narrow spout on the top. The sprinkler was filled through the covered opening on its shoulder. The inlaid decoration of peony medallions resembles a pattern found on silk brocades.