The topic of kintsukuroi (to repair with gold) is fresh in my mind, my having recently reposted an item I had found on Donna Fleischer’s wordpond. Sheltering from an autumnal downpour, this afternoon, I noticed this part of the tile flooring nearby. A connection established itself in my mind; I took out my camera and carefully squeezed off a couple of shots.
Wikipedia has an informative article on the subject of the Japanese aesthetic known as wabi-sabi.
Kintsugi means “to patch with gold”, a Japanese technique thought to have begun in the late 15th century, after a shogun sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China to be fixed. It was returned held together with ugly metal staples, so Japanese craftsmen developed a way to repair the vessel by mending the cracks ornamentally.