Ewer with tall, narrow neck and a cup-shaped spout with two rings is known as kundika or kamandalu kendi. A sacred water container, used for ritual like in the coronation ceremony of a king, who cleansed himself with the water as a symbol of purification.
In Hindu iconography, it is frequently found the Kamandalu depicts in the hand of Hindu Gods, Brahma, Shiva and Rsi Agastya. In Javanese mythology, the kamandalu is often associated with the story of Garudeya, a mythological bird, succeeds in retrieving amerta (holy water) which had been taken by the Naga. The story of Garudeya is displayed in the reliefs of the Kidal Temple in East Java.


  • Title: Kamandalu
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 907/960
  • Location: Cirebon
  • Location Created: South East Asia
  • Physical Dimensions: h = 14.7; dm top = 5.7
  • Rights: Copyright of Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Republic of Indonesia
  • Medium: Fine-pasteware
  • Era: Unknown
  • Classification: Personal belongings

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