Kintsugi Art: Chinese Carp Bowl Qing Dynasty (1644-1912)
One of Three Chinese Carp Bowls
Qing Dynasty (1644-1912)
両作 Liang zuo
Kintsugi Pure Gold Repairs to all three
The word “Kintsugi” translates to “golden joinery”. It is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with Japanese urushi lacquer dusted with powdered gold or silver.
This repair method celebrates each artifact’s unique history by emphasizing its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it with new life.
In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.