Kendi, 15th century, Ayutthya Kingdom (1350-1767), Sawankalok, Thailand

Kendi, 15th century, Ayutthya Kingdom (1350-1767), Sawankalok, Thailand. stoneware, underglaze iron decoration, 13.5 x 14.5 cm. Found in Southeast Asia© Museum of Asian Art, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

The typical Southeast Asian pouring vessel, kendi, is spherical in shape with one or more rounded spouts. Kendi were produced and traded throughout Southeast Asia, as well as imported from China. This kendi was made in Thailand, probably for export to Indonesia. Although the vessel was made in the 15th century, the silver surrounding its neck and mouth appears to have been added over 100 years later. The practice of modifying and embellishing ceramics in this way reflects a tradition found in many parts of the Islamic world.