the nonsense of perfection | Kintsugi


Amusing, amazing stands this flat dish in front of you, self-assured like somebody who is proud of his scars, showing the souvenirs of his turbulent biography, understanding the nonsense of perfection. – This dish is eccentrically perfect by defect.

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)

 Kintsugi Dish
Mishima Karatsu
18th century

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