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Kendi
GRV 1929-240
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A Kendi on a foot ring, with a ribbed body and mammiform spout, a long cylindrical neck ending in a splayed mouth with overturned rim. Decorated in early enamels: a dark iron-red, green, aubergine, yellow and black. On the body there is a stylized landscape divided by zigzagging tree trunks in green. On the neck there is a simplified Transitional tulip motif. There are cloud motifs on the mouth rim and spout. The kendi is a drinking and pouring vessel widely used in Asia. Its basic shape is a bulbous body, a long neck and a tubular or breast-shaped (mammiform) spout on the shoulder. The neck ends in a small mouth opening, sometimes covered with a lid or stopper. The kendi has no handle and one holds it by the neck and drinks from the spout. Zoomorphic kendis are an attractive variety.

History of the Object
A relatively large number of kendis and other pieces decorated in early enamels are known in The Netherlands. Many have an Indonesian provenance and were collected by their (former) owners when they lived in the Dutch East Indies. Kendis were highly valued in the local Indonesian communities, where they were often regarded as ‘pusaka’, holy and venerated heirlooms.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain, overglaze enamels 
Measurements
height 20.5 cm, diameter 14.5 cm, lenght 18 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1660-1680; Edo period (1603-1867) 
Function
Drinking vessel 
Acquisition
Donated to the museum by the collector Reinier Verbeek. In 1929 he donated his entire collection of Swatow wares to the museum. 
Copyright
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof 
Acknowledgements
C.J.A. Jörg, "Fine and Curious: Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections", Amsterdam 2003, cat.no. 49. 
Owner
Gemeente Leeuwarden, Keramiekmuseum Princessehof 
Museum
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden 
Credit line
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands 

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