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Collection

An image of Kendi by

Indonesia

Title
Kendi
Place of origin
Indonesia
Period
Majapahit period 1292 - 1520 → Indonesia
Year
14th century-15th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
reddish black earthenware, unglazed
Dimensions

14.3 x 20.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
5.2000
Location
Not on display
Further information

This earthenware kendi probably dates to the Majapahit period. The kendi appears to have been developed from a form of Indian water container called the 'kundika'. However, this type of vessel was being produced in China, primarily for export, from as early as the Tang and Song periods. The main characteristics of the kendi are its round body with an opening at the elongated neck and a prominent tubular or bulbous spout. Generally it was used as a drinking vessel, and it is most likely that this example would have served such a practical function. However it is also probable that more decorated examples may have served a ritualistic purpose, for example for bathing or serving water to the deities.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2000