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Celadon Box
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Celadon Box


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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 Korea.
Provenance Lispenard and Marshall Green; given to Walters Art Museum, 1994.
Credit Gift of Lispenard and Marshall Green, 1994

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Period
n. d.
Medium
mold made stoneware with celadon glaze, lacquer repairs
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
1994.5.168
Measurements
H: 1 9/16 × Max W: 3 7/16 in. (3.9 × 8.8 cm); H of top: 11/16 × Max W: 3 7/16 in. (1.8 × 8.8 cm); H of bottom: 7/8 × Max W: 3 1/4 in. (2.3 × 8.7 cm)
Geographies
  • Korea (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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