Kendi with molded and stamped decoration

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At A Glance

  • Period

    16th-17th century
  • Geography

    Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with copper-green lead glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 18.2 x 16.5 x 14.8 cm (7 3/16 x 6 1/2 x 5 13/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Kendi, mold-formed with depressed globular body, tall flaring neck, turned-down lip, slightly splayed foot, recessed base, and mammiform spout on shoulder.
    Clay: grey clay.
    Glaze: green, glossy, translucent lead-silicate glaze tinted with copper; covers the entire vessel and part of the inside of the tubular neck.
    Decoration: molded in low relief, with a row of half chrysanthemum flowers on shoulder, a band of floral scrolls on body bordered by two ridges, and two flower designs on spout.
    Marks: a stamped hexagonal swirl on base.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Victor and Takako Hauge ((1919-2013) and (1923-2015))
  • Provenance

    From at least 1975 to 2005
    Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge [1]
    From 2005
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge in 2005
    [1] Object file.
    According to Victor Hauge in January, 2003, he was the buyer of this vessel, possibly in Singapore, most likely at the time when Osborne and Gratia Hauge were living in Bangkok (1967 to 1972/73) or Saigon (1972/73 to 1975).
  • Origin

    Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
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