Do you recall the story about the almost perfect carving with one obvious flaw?
April 14, 2011 8:17 AM Subscribe
Does anybody have a link to an old story (or fable) about a great artist or craftsman who intentionally introduced an obvious flaw into each of his works (or maybe it was his greatest work) so as to avoid invoking jealousy in the gods?
posted by bukvich to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
The version I remember was it was Chinese and the work was an ornately carved gate. If this is a general folklore trope I would also appreciate information about that.