Elephant-Shaped Kendi

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.

#6723. Elephant-Shaped Kendi, Part 1



  1. 6723. Elephant-Shaped Kendi, Part 1
  2. 6723. Elephant-Shaped Kendi
Elephant-Shaped Kendi, Stonepaste; painted in shades of blue under transparent glaze

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