Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Kendi - Xuande Mark (Damaged)
This is the remains of a large and particularly fine quality porcelain kendi made during the early to middle 16th Century. It was excavated from a land site in Cambodia and is still crammed full of its compacted burial soil complete with plant roots, making it quite heavy. The glaze is silky-smooth to the touch and the underglaze blue decoration is exceptional. The main design around the body is an elaborate floral scroll. Around the base are lotus leaf panels and around the shoulder is a band of highly-decorative rui lappets. The bulbous spout is similarly decorated. To the base, within two blue circles, is the four character mark of the Xuande reign (1425 - 1435).
Length (from edge of body to tip of spout) 17.75 cm (7 inches). The neck is obviously missing and there is break to one side.
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