Melon-shaped Wine Ewer (lid)


The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Many celadon ceramics, such as these two miniature pots, have been repaired with gold lacquer. Termed <em>kintsugi </em>(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 <em>wabi-sabi, </em>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.

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  • Title: Melon-shaped Wine Ewer (lid)
  • Date Created: 1100s-1200s
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.); Overall: 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)
  • Provenance: (Dr. A. I. Ludlow [1875-1961], Cleveland, OH, sold to John L. Severance), John L. Severance [1863-1936], Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1928.173.b
  • Medium: celadon ware
  • Fun Fact: This miniature wine pot was buried in a tomb for the soul of the deceased.
  • Department: Korean Art
  • Culture: Korea, Goryeo period (918-1392)
  • Credit Line: Gift of John L. Severance
  • Collection: Korean Art
  • Accession Number: 1928.173.b

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