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Kendi (drinking vessel), globular with flattened shoulder, a flattened mammiform drinking spout, a medium length straight neck with deep rounded projecting flange below the lip, low shallow square-cut foot. Small chip in lip, chip in footrim.
Clay: white porcelain of medium-fine texture. Unglazed base shows some dark spots and buff to rusty areas of oxidation on exposed surface.
Glaze: clear, feldspathic, slightly bluish cast, uneven coverage toward base, the dark lines of the cobalt paint decoration exposed in a few areas of base border. As far as can be seen, the interior is unglazed.
Decoration: painted in underglaze blue in line and wash. Flange has a row of lotus petals; the neck, upright floral sprays in natural style; on shoulder, a trefoil band; main wide band around belly, two naturalistic prunus branches and three flying insects; at base a very simplified lotus petal band; spout has two cloud-collar panels holding conventional motifs (one of which is identifiable as a fungus, the other may be the same) and two simple leafy sprays separating the panels. Encircling lines separate the bands of decoration and a line defines both lips. There is a curving line at junction of spout and body.
Blue-and-white was an important export item from the very beginning of its production, first to the Near East and Southeast Asia, then to Europe. The Chinese did not make many concessions to the tastes of these regions. One notable exception was the kendi, a drinking vessel made expressly for the Southeast Asian market. This example, with its floral design painted in a pale shade of blue, dates from the 15th century.
- Published References
- Louise Allison Cort, George Williams, David P. Rehfuss. Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia. Washington. .
- Butterfield & Butterfield. Treasures from the Hoi An Hoard: Important Vietnamese Ceramics from a Late 15th/Early 16th Century Cargo. 2 vols., San Francisco and Los Angeles. .
- Takatoshi Misugi. The Chinese Porcelain Collection of Topkapi Saray. vol. 2, , Japanese ed. Hong Kong. .
- Dr. John Alexander Pope. Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine., 2nd ed. London. .
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
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