An exceptional bronze Kendi, Indonesia, East Javanese, ca. 10th.-13th. century.
This Kendi is surely one of the finest in existence from this early period in South East Asia. A high central spout decorated with a lotus where the spout meets the discus-shaped body. A rounded lower body with a large Lotus flower on the base and a smaller footring. Lavishly made with terrific details, combined with an outstanding condition. A real gem of the highest rarity.
Refference: See a similar bronze Kendi in 'Devine bronze' - Ancient Indonesian bronzes from 600-1600 AD (Paulene Lunnsinggh Scheurleer and Marijke J. Klokke, cataloque of Exhibition in Amsterdamn Rijksmuseum, 1988, # 90 (Water Vessel).
See also coll. Nusantara S 549-1; ex coll. J.H.J. Leeuwrik
Size: 19 cm. high and ca. 15 cm. in diameter, weighing ca. 1 kilogram.
Condition: Museum quality, completely intact and covered in the finest red-brown bronze patina with green highlights, we've ever seen on such a large 600-800 year old bronze vessel.
Ex. Old Swedish Collection, formerly in the Ban Bang Yoga Carta collection - an Indonesian professors collection, bought in the 1960s-1970s.