A Fine And Rare Majapahit Dragon Kendi


A Fine And Rare Majapahit Dragon Kendi

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A Fine And Rare Majapahit Dragon Kendi :
$449


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In this lot we are pleased to offer a very rare and magnificent bronze kundika or kendi, as it is more popularly called these days, from Eastern Java, Majapahit Dynasty, and dating from the 13th century.

This naga (dragon) spouted kendi is a museum quality masterpiece having exceptional detailing, and it being in such fine original condition.

Please note that our last photograph in this listing illustrates a very similar example in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and illustrated on page 140 in the book Divine Bronze. That one is 30 cm in height.

The long tapering neck with mouldings in the form of simplified parasols (chattra, payung) and ornate lotus petals resembling rock motifs symbolizes the cosmic mountain Mahameru which was used as a churning stick by the gods when they churned the ocean in order to produce the amrta (elixir of life). The association of this type of kendi with amrta is clearly seen in a relief stone on the Candi Kidal near Malang in East Java where Garuda, who has stolen the amrta of the gods is represented holding a similar naga spouted kendi (kundika).

To this day in Bali, various forms of kendi are used as a holy water vessels in temples throughout the island.

This kendi is in excellent original condition and it retains a multi colored patina ranging from verdigris to ultramarine color. It measures 26.5 cm or about 10 ½ inches in height and it weighs 900 grams or about 2 pounds. As normal with ancient Javanese bronze sculptures it is cast in the lost wax casting method with additional details being rendered with hand chasing and chiseling techniques.

The interest in ancient Javanese bronzes has greatly increased in recent years as evidenced by sale records.

Please use the safe link below to view an Indonesian bronze of the Buddha ascribed to the 8th century and sold earlier this year by Christies for US $22,500.00.

And in that same Christies sale is this example which fetched US $5,000.00


A Fine And Rare Majapahit Dragon Kendi :
$449

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