Golden seams, borrowed patches, and metal rivets. - These were basically the techniques generations of Japanese artisans treated all sorts of ceramic damages with. This tea bowl here looks like a master’s show piece – or let’s say show-off piece, an object truly suitable for demonstrating his ability to treat a broken piece of pottery and turn damage into value.
Kintsugi Tea Bowl
Karatsu, 17th century
Mending probably 18th century
Height 7.5 cm (3 in.), Diameter 12 cm (4 ¾ in.)
Old box with inscription