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Archaic and Imperial China
KANGXI KENDI FROM METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
Qing Dynasty (AD 1644 -1912)

Ex. Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, New-York, donation in 1922 by Sir Rogers Fund at the Museum.

 

Object :
Nº 1837
Medium :
Porcelain
Dimensions :
Height: 28.4 cm (11.1")
Provenance :
Gift from Rogers fund to the MET in 1922

Description :

Water vessels like this were often made for export to the Southeast Asia region, and decorated for foreign tastes. Chinese kilns made porcelain destined to be sent as far afield as Europe and the Near East, where this blue-ground gilt-decorated kendi may have been a symbol of social status for its foreign owner.

This vase comes from the Rogers fund of the Metropolitan Museum. It has been classified by the museum as one of its 10 treasures from the MET's art collection of chinese ceramics.