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Melon-shaped Wine Ewer

청자 참외모양 주전자 (靑磁瓜形注子)

1100s-1200s
Outer diameter: 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in.); height with lid: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)
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This miniature wine pot was buried in a tomb for the soul of the deceased.

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.
Melon-shaped Wine Ewer

Melon-shaped Wine Ewer

1100s-1200s

Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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