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Description Over 500 years ago in Japan, a repair technique was developed that celebrated the beauty of imperfection. Called kintsugi, which translates as “golden joinery,” this technique uses a mixture of lacquer and gold, silver, or platinum to mend an object in a way that highlights (rather than hides) the damage. More than merely a craft technique, kintsugi is a tangible display of the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, a belief in the beauty of imperfection. This Japanese tradition has been applied to ceramics in other parts of East Asia including this stoneware vessel from China.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/04/1974Treatmentcleaned
9/29/1987Examinationother
Exhibitions
  • Masterpieces of Chinese Porcelain. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980-1981.
Provenance Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
10th century
Medium
wheel made stoneware with celadon glaze with impressed design and lacquer repair
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
49.2122
Measurements
H: 2 7/16 × Diam: 5 3/16 in. (6.2 × 13.2 cm)
Geographies
  • China (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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