Zhangzhou, Fujian province, China
found in Southeast Asia
Kendi 16–17th centuries
underglaze blue porcelain
18.5 x 18.0 cm
Collection of the Asian Art Civilisations Museum Collection, Singapore
Kendi are pouring vessels found in many parts of Southeast Asia. The neck of this kendi, which was made in China for export to the Muslim world, is encircled by a band of script replicating Arabic calligraphy. The vessel also features a number of Buddhist symbols including the lotus and conch shell. Widely admired and traded, Chinese blue and white ceramics were a source of inspiration for potters across the wider Asian region.