Important Cultural Property

Ewer of Xianzhan-ping type


Period Heian period, 11th - 12th century
Materials and techniques White copper
Size H.37.0 D.12.7 BD.8.4


This white copper pitcher with elegantly rounded body is made by turning on a lathe. It has a slender neck supporting a drinking mouth on top, another mouth protruding from the body and a short stand at bottom. This kind of pitchers contained holy water for Buddhist monks in training. Formerly owned by Tō-ji Temple in Kyoto.

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