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Kendis (taken on 12/20/2015)

Honolulu Museum of Art: Kendis
Java, Majapahit, 13-15th century
Gift of Christensen Fund, 2001

"Kendis are ceramic ewers found throughout Southeast Asia and India with only slight differences in shape and size, through their method of decoration can vary widely. They function as both ceremonial vessels for sacred water and as common household containers. The vessel is grasped with one hand around the neck and is tilted towards the mouth, allowing the water to flow into the mouth without touching the lips to the spout."

Nikon J3 camera, 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 CX lens.
Aperture priority, s1/30, f/1.8, iso400, 18.5mm (fov 50mm), -0.33ev.
Cropped image, 1200x800, lens corrected, hand-held.

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fotabug15-Jan-2016 21:09
Interesting, but not all that attractive, at least to me. :)
Ed Duverger15-Jan-2016 09:37
Interesting and very well shot,John
Paul Milholland15-Jan-2016 03:07
Thanks for the explanation, John. Looks like a time-tested design.
Guest 15-Jan-2016 01:09
not bad for handheld,1.8 doesnt provide much depth of field though.
very interesting,looks almost like a netty pot, how do they know how it was used?
Ruth Voorhis15-Jan-2016 00:44
Well shot image with good, clear detail.
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