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Momoyama Period, ca. 1600Karatsu, Japan Stoneware with repairs made in gold and silver lacquer H 7,6 cm; Ø 11,2 cm

This teacup was used during Japanese tea ceremonies. Its simplicity reflects the aesthetic ideal of tea masters from the 15th and 16th centuries. Their aesthetic celebrated the beauty of imperfection, caused by traces of usage and age, thereby, referring to impermanence. In this spirit, the fractures in this teacup were artfully mended with golden lacquer and decorated with waves. The damage was thus aesthetically reinterpreted.