Circa 1850 Chinese Export Kendi. A Kendi is a well known form in the Southeast Asian Repertoire of vessels and it has played a significant role in the rituals and daily life of the region since ancient times. Most kendi's are made of precious metals such as gold, silver or bronze. It was used as a ritual container for holy water. This kendi was probably made in the mid-late 19TH Century for the European Market. It has a bulbous body, tall narrow neck, flange around the mouth and a mammary spout. This one is most unusual as it is decorated with a mandarin scene. This scene is continuous around the whole circumference of the bulbulous body with vibrant colors and mountains in the background. This very unusual piece measures 14" in height and it's bulbous body measures 10" in diameter. It is a possibility that this Kendi was made for the Persian Market. Additional images are available upon request.
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