Pouring Vessel (Kendi) with Flowers and Birds, Porcelain with applied decoration painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

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. American, New York (until 1879)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blue and White: Early Japanese Export Ware," November 23, 1976–September 3, 1978.