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Pouring Vessel (Kendi) with Flowers and Birds

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli period (1573–1620)
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain with applied decoration painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Accession Number:
79.2.166
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
Although presumably made for trade with Europe, the shape derives from that of the kendi, a vessel used in Southeast Asia for pouring and drinking.
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. , New York (until 1879)
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