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Kendi Ewer
MAIP 14725
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is the most elaborate piece in the Museum's collection of Chinese export ceramics from the Malay region. The silver mounting shows the high level of craftsmanship.

History of the Object
The tradition of exporting Chinese porcelain to other Asian countries and further to Europe and Africa originated from the period of the Tang Dynasty. It was highly appreciated everywhere. In insular South-East Asian Chinese porcelain was the symbol of high social status and welfare. People also believed that porcelain had magical attributes. This example dated on the 2nd half of 18th century obtained silver mounting in 19th century, probably in Java. Acquired by Andrzej Wawrzyniak, Museum's founder, in 1960s in Indonesia.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain painted with underglaze blue, silver mounting repousse, and chiselled 
Measurements
Width 13 cm. Height 28,3 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; mounting – today’s Indonesia 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
18th Century - 19th Century; Qing dynasty. Mounting – 19th century 
Function
Kendi ewers are used for drinking water. More decorative and valuable examples of Kendi, like this one, were used also for ceremonial purposes and to display the wealth and power of the owner. 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1995. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw 
Museum
Asia and Pacific Museum 
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