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Zhangzhou, Fujian province, China, found in Southeast Asia Kendi 16–17th centuries Ming Dynasty underglaze blue porcelain 18.5 x 18.0 cm Collection of the Asian Art Civilisations Museum Collection, Singapore

Zhangzhou, Fujian province, China
found in Southeast Asia

Kendi 16–17th centuries Ming Dynasty
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.