Ritual water vessel

This ritual water vessel is also known as a kendi, a Malay term derived from the Sanskrit word ‘kundika’, meaning water vessel. It is possible that early forms were influenced by examples from India. A typical kendi does not have a handle and is held by the neck. However this unique form of double-spouted kendi has a small handle joining the two spouts. Kendi have been used in Southeast Asia for at least a thousand years, and were used in important ceremonies such as weddings and funerary rites, where water from a kendi is sprinkled over the grave.

Date/Period
19th century or later
Region
Probably Sumatra
Dimension
Object size: H23.4 x Dia19.0 cm
Accession No.
1997-04747
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Category
Ceramics

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