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kendi

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.756

  • Description

    Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain 'kendi' (water flask) in the form of a winged dragon rising from waves, with dragon's head as spout. Decorated in Swatow style with turquoise, red, green and black overglaze enamels. Bands with ogival panels among diaper patterns around top of neck and floral scrolls at shoulders.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 215 millimetres
    • Width: 155 millimetres
    • Depth: 139 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A756

    Wucai kendi in the form of a winged dragon


    Potters decorated this kendi in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze colours.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 67 and p. 314 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.39, no.116 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.66, no.A756 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 114-115, no. 48 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc27/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.756

Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain 'kendi' (water flask) in the form of a winged dragon rising from waves, with dragon's head as spout. Decorated in Swatow style with turquoise, red, green and black overglaze enamels. Bands with ogival panels among diaper patterns around top of neck and floral scrolls at shoulders.

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