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Chongbyong: O.2-1984

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Bronze. The long neck of the kundika flares out in the middle and terminates in a narrow faceted tube. The rounded body tapers towards the splayed foot. A well-proportioned filling spout is attached at the widest part of the vessel and has a flat hinged cover. The plain surface is patinated in places.


History note: Unknown before donor

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Given by Mr and Mrs G. St. G.M. Gompertz

Measurements and weight

Height: 41.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984-04-30) by Gompertz, G. St. G. M., Mr and Mrs


Koryo Dynasty
12th Century
Circa 1101 - 1200


The kundika (chongbyong) was used as a pure-water sprinkler in Buddhist ceremonies. Some bronze examples are decorated with inlaid silver and similar vessels also exist in celadon (C.55-1984). Such elegant kundikas were widely made in the second half of the eleventh and in the twelfth century.

Components of the work

Kundika composed of bronze Rim Diameter 1.2 cm
Foot Diameter 9.8 cm

Techniques used in production

Raising (metal forming process) : Bronze with patination in places

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.2-1984
Primary reference Number: 16572
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 February 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 July 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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