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A Sawankhalok KendiâCeladon Glazeâ15th-16th Century

A Sawankhalok Kendi–Celadon Glaze–15th-16th Century

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Ceramics: Pre 1800: Item # 1129309

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This is a Sawankhalok kendi with a bulbous body, a short neck, a flange around the mouth and a mammary spout. It is decorated on the body and spout with low relief floral and geometric motifs and is glazed in a medium celadon olive green glaze. It was purchased many years ago from Bonhams Auction as part of a large group of Kendis from a collection. The kendi had been dated from circa the 15th-16th century. However, an expert on Thai ceramics with 30 years experience has informed us that it is a 20th century copy. We have therefore modified the price downward by a significant amount - and are open to any reasonable offer. Regardless of true date, it is a very nice addition to any collection of Kendis. The kendi measures 5 ½” high and is 5 ¼” from the tip of the spout to the back of the body. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restorations.

The kendi is a well-known form in the Southeast Asian repertoire of vessels, and it has played a significant role in the rituals and daily life of the region since ancient times. The renowned ceramic centers in Thailand, China, Japan and Vietnam produced ritualistic kendi made of fired clay and covered with an unctuous greenish glaze or painted with symbolic motifs. Sawankhalok in the northern part of Sukhothai Province, northern Thailand.