Oct 5, 2020
Apr 23, 2012
Oct 5, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Oct 5, 2020

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

Location

Did you know?

Termed kintsugi (literally meaning “gold joinery”) in Japanese, this method of repairing broken parts with glittering gold mixed with lacquer was extensively used for ceramic works in the Goryeo period, such as this one.

Description

Many celadon ceramics, such as these two miniature pots, have been repaired with gold lacquer. Termed kintsugi (literally meaning “gold joinery”) in Japanese, this restoration method 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. Goryeo celadons were considered rare treasures among early 20th-century Japanese collectors; thus, their broken condition is brilliantly highlighted in gold lacquer, as seen here in the repaired spouts, handle, and lid.

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

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.