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Elephant-Shaped Kendi

Object Name:
Kendi
Date:
second quarter 17th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Kirman
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; painted in shades of blue under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm) W. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm) Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
The Friends of the Department of Islamic Art Fund, 1968
Accession Number:
68.180
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
This object in the shape of a seated elephant with cobalt blue and white designs is clearly modeled on a kendi, a type of Chinese drinking vessel. Unlike the Chinese originals, this Safavid example is made of stonepaste rather than porcelain and the elephant’s features are not as naturalistic.
Mrs. Silvana Aliati Elliot, Milan (until 1968; sold to MMA)
Ettinghausen, Richard. "Reports of the Departments: Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 28, no. 2 (1969). pp. 79-81, ill. p. 80 (b/w).

Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 208.

Welch, Anthony, ed. Shah 'Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1973. no. 82, pp. 115,119, ill. p. 115 (b/w).

Carswell, John. "Catalogue of an exhibition at David and Alfred Smart Gallery, University of Chicago." In Blue and White: Chinese Porcelain and Its Impact on the Western World. University of Chicago: University of Chicago, 1985. no. 84, pp. 144-145, ill. p. 144 (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 156, pp. 230-231, ill. p. 230 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 216-217, ill. pl. 44 (color).



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