sort of cult:
This reverence is reflected in the extreme care taken in the handling, display and storage of these quiet, but powerfully absorbing works of art. Many such pieces have survived in use for over 800 years, kept wrapped in silk within specially made wooden boxes tied with a particularly effective form of ribbon. Often the most valued have a second box. To admire such pieces required a connoisseur to focus entirely on the occasion, and sessions to view great pieces would be held amidst tightly observed ritual and the deepest of respect for knowledge, the knowledgeable and most of all for the piece itself. Song ceramics were, and still are, treated with the utmost reverence and regarded as the highest form of ceramic art in the world.are for sale at Sotheby's New York on September 16.
I never know what to make of insider aestheticism carried to this level. Yes, these are nice pieces, and they are a thousand years old, but are they worthy of that level of obsession? I guess it doesn't matter. It gives some people a great thrill to treat these objects as beyond extraordinary, and there isn't anything wrong with that.