Pair of Ritual Ewers
Date19th-early 20th century
MediumCopper alloy, turquoise, garnets
DimensionsWork : 10 1/2 x 5 x 3 1/4 in. (26.67 x 12.7 x 8.25 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
The forms of these ritual ewers derive from an ancient Indian vessel type called a kundika. Kundika ewers were traditionally used by Buddhists across Asia in various kinds of purification rituals. The ewers also functioned symbolically as altar ornaments to represent the concepts of purity and transcendence.