Broken is Beautiful: The Japanese Tradition That Makes Broken Things Even Better than Brand New
It is a fact of life that buildings, as they age, inevitably fall apart. We Americans are not quite comfortable with this. We like everything to be shiny and new: we like all our buildings and our interior finishes to have the smooth sameness of youth. But the Japanese have developed a way of dealing with this. They have, in fact, embraced the idea that sometimes fixing broken things can make them even better and more beautiful than when they were new.
Beyond Basketry at the MFA
Iizuka Rokansai (Japanese, 1890-1958): "Bamboo Grove" (Chikurin) Basket, Showa era, c. 1945, inner layer: dyed madake bamboo; outer layer: susudake smoked bamboo, finished with dust and lacquer. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Japanese Mingei Bamboo Basket by Suzuki Kyokushosai (item #1191233)
The early 20th century Japanese bamboo flower basket by Suzuki Kyokushosai ( 1872 - 1936 ). Signed "Kyokushosai saku ( made by Kokushosai )" on the base with an incised signature by the artist. Also be used to hang on a wall. Size : 11 3/8" x 7 1/8" x H 9 5/8" ( 29 x 18 x H 24.5 cm ) It is in good condition. http://gotoantiques.com/