Jar Location: Los Angeles, United States of America Holding Museum: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Date of Object: Hegira early century / AD early century Height cm, diameter cm Period / Dynasty Ottoman Provenance: Turkey, Iznik
The Japanese art of kintsugi turns brokenness into beauty. The method of repair, using golden seams to rejoin shards, draws the eye to the what was once a point of failure and is now a more beautiful whole.
Kintsugi or kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery, lacquerware, or glass with gold. Artisans who practice this technique see "breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
Kintsugi (golden joinery) Japanese art of repairing damaged pottery w/ gold. Restores functionality to a broken vessel; also adds beauty & worth. Turns brokenness into the most valuable part of the piece.