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Kintsugi (金継ぎ)

noun [U] (Japanese)

1. To repair with gold; The art of repairing metal with gold or silver lacquer together with the understanding that an object is more beautiful for having been broken.

It has been said that the egg is probably the most perfect thing in the universe. Important in many religions, as a symbol of fertility, new life, and reincarnation.

Ancient peoples believed the universe itself was hatched from the cosmic egg yet in the modern world, we continually seek scientific explanation. The biological function of the egg is understood yet the wonder it aroused in our ancestors is lost.

In folklore when this primal egg breaks, the yolk becomes the sun, the white the moon and new life begins. Simultaneously, perfection is lost, the smooth, ovoid shell is shattered and its contents spilled. The allure and fascination of this mysterious structure is lost.

In restoring these broken eggs, new and beautiful forms are created. We are reminded of the transience and imperfections of individual life in which each blemish and wrinkle reflects the wisdom gained only through time and experience.

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