round-bodied vessel with a wide, outward flaring mouth, thin conical spout and small foot; red pigment at edge of mouth, around neck and below shoulder

Kendi, 6th-7th century

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This water container has the distinguishing features including flanged neck and upturned, pointed spout of a kendi, a uniquely shaped water vessel that was popular throughout many southeast Asian countries over several centuries. This relatively large, finely-potted example stands near the beginning of the tradition. Datable by thermaluminescence analysis to the sixth or seventh century, it represents the unglazed ceramics produced in Cambodia just prior to the founding of the Khmer empire (802-1437). Although Khmer potters developed somewhat harder, more durable ceramics featuring dark brown and light yellow-green glazes, these vessel forms were influenced by the robust shapes seen in pre-Khmer earthenware pottery like this kendi.

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Title
Kendi
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2001.31.5
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round-bodied vessel with a wide, outward flaring mouth, thin conical spout and small foot; red pigment at edge of mouth, around neck and below shoulder