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Pouring vessel (Kendi)

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)
Date:
ca. 1710–12
Culture:
German, Meissen
Medium:
Stoneware with raised decoration
Dimensions:
Height: 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
The George B. McClellan Collection, Gift of Mrs. George B. McClellan, 1941
Accession Number:
42.205.21
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
Used principally in Southeast Asia for drinking and pouring, the kendi is loosely based on an earlier Indian form. This German example is decorated with dragons and clouds on the neck, flowering narcissus on the body, and the heads of the lingzhi fungus at the foot and rim, motifs that derive from China, where kendi-type vessels were often made for export. This type of red stoneware body is known as Böttger stoneware, named after the man who developed it at the Meissen factory.
Inscription: On underside, in black: 232 / R

Marking: No marks
Japanese Palace, Dresden , Germany ; Augustus II, Elector of Saxony , Japanese Palace, Dresden, Germany ; [ Johanneum , (sold during the second Johanneum sale [first sale in 1919]) ] ; General George B. McClellan (1935–41; to MMA)
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