Transitional Porcelain Kendi, Chongzhen Period 1628 – 1644.

A Ming Blue and White Porcelain Kendi, Transitional Period, Chongzhen 1628-1644. Decorated to the Body with `Floating Branches`, Above is a Collar Decorated with Scrolling Lotus and the Neck with p Precious Objects.


In good condition, a small shallow rim chip, extensive fritting to the collar and other fritting.
Height : 20.5 cm (8 inches)
A Private European Collection.
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Kendi :
The kendi is defined as a vessel with a round body, tall neck, mouth, a spout on the shoulder and a flat base. The two openings make the kendi suitable for both pouring and drinking liquids. It is distinguished from other pouring vessels such as a jug or flagon by the absence of a handle. The presence of a spout on the shoulder places it in the broader typology of a spouted vessel. To drink from a kendi, grasp the neck with one hand ; place the other on the base for support if desired, hold the vessel away from the body, point the spout towards the mouth and slowly tilt it to start the water flowing. As the lips never touch the spout, the kendi is a hygienic and convenient communal drinking vessel.