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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.

Mishima ware – A category of ceramics with inlay designs that were originally produced in Korea. “It is generally believed that it acquired the name Mishima from people involved in chanoyu in Japan, because the designs suggested the calendars produced by Mishima Shrine in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture.” (Chanoyu Vocabulary. Practical Terms for the Way of Tea, p. 141)

 

Flat Dish

Mishima Karatsu

18th century

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