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Kintsugi Teabowl

SKU: 2429

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, 17th century

H: 8.5 cm (3 1/4 in.)

D: 14.6 cm (5 3/4 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

Bachmann Eckenstein