karatsu kintsugi dish

Kintsugi Dish | Karatsu

SKU: 2466



In Japan, when prized ceramics, especially those associated with chanoyu (the tea ceremony), were broken or damaged, they would be mended using lacquer that was often further embellished with gold or silver. Such repairs can have inherent artistic value, while imparting prestige to a vessel and its owner. (Cornell University)


Edo period, 18th century

Glazed ceramic (Karatsu ware)

Height 4 cm (1 1/2 in.)

Diameter 13 cm (5 in.)


On mended ceramics, see: Flickwerk. The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics, Exhibition Catalogue, Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and Museum für Lackkunst, 2008