Very rare and important bronze Holy Water Vessel (kendika, or kendi), Hindu Empire of Majahapit, Eastern Java, ca. 13th. century AD.
The vessel for Holy Water in local Indonesian Hindu rituals; with a dragon-headed or Naga-headed spout and a fantastic amount of tiny details, zomoprhic and floral, modelled min high relief on the vessel. The high lid in fantastic architectorial style.
The Naga spout, clearly reflects Chinese influence on Majapahit art during this period. However, the long tapering necks of such vessels clearly represent the chattra payung, or ascending parasols of Hindu temples still evident today in Balinese temples.
At this time in Javanese history, the 13th century, Buddhism was equal to Hinduism in the religious forces that influenced the culture and daily lives of its people. Recognizable elements of both religious influences are not unusual in Majapahit art.
Condition: Intact with a vivid multicoloured patina. A museum quality piece in fantastic almost untouched condition, with soil adhered to the devices and many details still to discover if professionally cleaned.
Size: This impressive ancient bronze vessel is ca. 32 cm in height. It weighs about 1.7 kilo.
Ex. Old Swedish Private Collection