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The merits of imperfection were well expressed by the poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen when he wrote, “There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.”

Allen S. Weiss is a relatively new but avid collector of Japanese ceramics, one who recognizes both the beauty of imperfection and the hazards of collecting. Listing some of the possible reasons for doing so, he notes the aesthetic, psychological and economic, the desire to connect with history, re-experience the wonders of childhood and interestingly, the urge “to exercise absolute control over a small portion of the world.”

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