During the Azuchi–Momoyama period of Japan (1568 – 1603), tea master Sen no Rikyū was invited to a tea ceremony by a local nobility, who wanted to show off an exquisite piece of antique teapot imported from China. Outraged by Rikyu’s lack of interest in the teapot, the host shattered the expensive antique and left the scene. Other guests, witnessing the whole act, carefully gathered the fragments repaired the teapot with a gold paint. Rikyu, who returned to the tea house afterwards and was surprised by the transformed artpiece, exclaimed “Now this is so much more interesting.”
The art of Kintsugi honors the flaws and and imperfection of things and makes no attempt to conceal the past; mistakes and regrets are celebrated rather than hidden. The attitude of being at peace with uncontrollable circumstances is the core of the Wabi-Sabi philosophy.
The 12cm-tall Lady Liberty HK statues were originally manufactured in 2019, and were transported between countries to avoid censorship in the past two years. A number of the statues were damaged in the process and were brought to Japan for repair with Kintsugi technique. Each piece is unique in the way it has been broken. The repackaged unit also comes with a newly created woodblock paint “never forget” postcard and an A3 poster of Lady Liberty HK in Shinjuku, Tokyo during the protest of October 2020.
# Photos are for reference only
# Not repaired using actual gold