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Title

Kendi


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Indonesia


Period

Majapahit period 1292 - 1520 → Indonesia


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

5.2000



Place

Where the work was made
Indonesia