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Japanese Arita Ware Kendi

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This blue and white porcelain "kendi" is a handleless drinking jug, made to be passed from one drinker to the next, pouring the liquid from the spout without touching the lips. It started out from a kiln in Arita, on the extreme west of  Japan, and was made for export to South East Asia, specifically for the Islamic Markets there.

In Indonesia, probably in Java or even Bali, the chased "repouse" silver work was later added to the spout and neck of this valued possession by one of its owners. This silver work probably the work of local smiths commissioned by a "perenakan" Chinese. ("peranakan" refers to locally settled Chinese, usually the descendants of Traders who have stayed on.)  

This silver is now fairly, though not deeply, oxidized on the outside with a bronzy tone (that initially felt Tibetan to me) whereas the inside of the lid is surprisingly clean. You can of course give it a gentle polish with a dry Silver Polishing Cloth, just to bring up the details a little when needed, but please don't get too carried away.

The blurry, softly running dark blue underglaze depicts,  with deftly placed brushstrokes, water with a bridge and hidden in the distance is a small pavilion set amidst a misty treed landscape with distant hills.  I particularly like the simple bridge on its supporting poles, horizontally spanning the space beneath the spout.

Whilst the actual porcelain "kendi" appears to be Late 17th Century, the silver work would appear to be a bit later, which is quite feasible, considering by then it would have become an heirloom worthy of embellishment by a fututre generation.



Age: Edo Period (Tokugawa Period) 1615 - 1868 (probably Late 17th Century)

Size: H 237 mm x W 182 (including spout) Diam 145 mm (without spout)

Weight: 1093 grams