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Wine Ewer with Incised Scroll Design

Wine Ewer with Incised Scroll Design

청자 음각 당초무늬 주전자 (靑磁陰刻唐草文注子)

1100s

Celadon with incised and carved design

Outer diameter: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.); Overall: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1928.172

Description

Many celadons such as this miniature wine ewer were repaired with gold lacquer. Termed kintsugi (literally meaning “gold joinery”) in Japanese, this method of repair highlights broken parts with glittering gold mixed with lacquer. Initiated in 15th-century Japan, the technique follows a popular aesthetic concept called “wabi-sabi,” which finds beauty in imperfect things.

Since many Goryeo celadons were considered extremely rare by early 20th-century Japanese collectors, their imperfect condition, which must have been caused by the recklessness of excavation activities, is prominently highlighted, as seen here in the spout and handle, with repair in gold.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

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