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Kendi
NO 1707
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Kendi on a flat, unglazed base, moulded in the form of a crouching toad with a raised head forming the spout. On its back there is a cylindrical neck with a flanged rim. The back of the animal is decorated with dispersed flower heads and small blue dots on a light blue wash to suggest skin, the belly is left plain. A border of flames runs along its limbs and from his eyes to his rear. The neck is decorated with a prunus spray, and the rim with symbols. Kendis, in the form of a toad, are indeed very rare examples of the zoomorphic variety of this vessel. The skin of the creature is very carefully rendered with much attention to detail.

History of the Object
Ceramics in the shape of toads go back to the third century, the toad always having been popular as a symbol of long life. This type of kendi is also in the Ardebil collection in the Iran Bastan Museum in Teheran and the Topkapi Saray in Istanbul, attesting to the fact that they were also exported to the Middle East. The British Museum has an example, formerly acquired in India. The Percival David Collection in London has another one.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
porcelain, underglaze blue 
Measurements
height 16,5 cm, width 13.3 cm, length 15.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
16th Century - 17th Century; 1590-1620; Ming Dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1619) 
Function
decorative 
Acquisition
Unknown. It came from the collection of the founder of the museum, Nanne Ottema (1874-1955). 
Copyright
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Ottema-Kingma Stichting, on long term loan at Keramiekmuseum Princessehof 
Museum
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden 
Credit line
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands 

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