Green-glazed water sprinkler, Korea

Green-glazed water sprinkler, Korea

Green-glazed water sprinkler
Korea
Koryo period, 1150-1200
Glazed stoneware with inlaid decoration
Museum no. C.743-1909

In Sanskrit, this type of water sprinkler is called a kundika. It was introduced to Korea for Buddhist purification ceremonies, but became more widely used.

The decorative willow trees and waterfowl were carved into the half-dry body and filled with two different compounds to create areas of white and black. The inlay technique was a Korean speciality, invented after 1100.