The Stamp of Time

stamp of time #3

In his account of Japan the Soviet journalist Ovchinnikov wrote:
‘It is considered that time, per se, helps to make known the essence of things. The Japanese therefore see a particular charm in the evidence of old age. They are attracted to the darkened tone of an old tree, the ruggedness of a stone, or even the scruffy look of a picture whose edges have been handled by a great many people. To all these signs of age they give the name, saba, which literally means “rust”.
Saba, then, is a natural rustiness, the charm of olden days, the stamp of time. [-or patina-A.T.]
Saba
, as an element of beauty, embodies the link between art and nature.’
In a sense the Japanese could be said to be trying to master time as the stuff of art.  Here one is inevitably reminded of what Proust said of his grandmother; ‘Even when she had to make someone an ostensibly practical gift, when she had to give an armchair, a dinner service or a walking-stick, she would look out for ‘old’ ones, as if these, purged by long disuse of their utilitarian character, were able to tell us how people had lived in the old days, rather than serve our modern needs.’
Andrey Tarkovsky, from Sculpting In Time.

I was searching through this book, looking for a quote related to Andrei Rublev, when I happened upon this passage, which I feel perfectly fits with the intriguing piece of metal, pictured above, that I found on a local street.

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2 comments on “The Stamp of Time”

  1. Objet trouvé darling, objet trouvé!


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