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Ming Blue and White Porcelain Kendi

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Category
Period
Reference
5999
Framed Height
19 cm (7 1/2")
Ming c1620 Blue and White Kraak Kendi painted in panels of various groups of auspicious flowers including a group of aquatic plants with lotus and lily and another with Chrysanthemums and peonies.

kendis are originally water vessels and the name is derived from the Indian word kundika. They are extremely popular throughout southeast Asia and the Middle East

Although originally they were primarily a drinking vessel with the popularity of tobacco and its widespread use in the Middle East from the start of the 17th century the Persians imported them in large numbers where they were used as nargileh or water pipes

Unusual decoration with flowers in the panels an excellent example of a Ming Kraak Kendi
Framed Height
19 cm (7 1/2")
Year
c 1620
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Provenance
private collection
Condition
Overall very good minor frits to the rim and a small discoloured hairline under the glaze as a firing flaw