Kintsugi: "It is a practice in Japan where they mend cracked or broken ceramics with gold, rendering the piece even more beautiful than it started out. The idea behind it is not to hide the ugliness and brokenness but instead to use gold to make it shine; to illuminate and expose the damage. And at the end of the process the piece is even more beautiful having been broken."

Kintsugi: "It is a practice in Japan where they mend cracked or broken ceramics with gold, rendering the piece even more beautiful than it started out. The idea behind it is not to hide the ugliness and brokenness but instead to use gold to make it shine; to illuminate and expose the damage. And at the end of the process the piece is even more beautiful having been broken."

Maki-e lacquer tea caddy by National Living Treasure of Japan, MATSUDA Gonroku (1896-1986) 松田権六 松文蒔絵棗

Maki-e lacquer tea caddy by National Living Treasure of Japan, MATSUDA Gonroku (1896-1986) 松田権六 松文蒔絵棗

Maki-e lacquer tea caddy by National Living Treasure of Japan, Yoshikuni TAGUCHI (1923~1998)

Maki-e lacquer tea caddy by National Living Treasure of Japan, Yoshikuni TAGUCHI (1923~1998)

A Four-Case Inro Signed Koma Yasutada saku, Edo Period (19th century). Decorated in gold and black hiramaki-e and gold and silver foil on a red ground with wisteria

A Four-Case Inro Signed Koma Yasutada saku, Edo Period (19th century). Decorated in gold and black hiramaki-e and gold and silver foil on a red ground with wisteria

Kamakura-bori Box  Japan 19th century  lacquered carved wood.... OMG I DIE....LOVE!

Kamakura-bori Box Japan 19th century lacquered carved wood.... OMG I DIE....LOVE!

欅摺漆中棗 月に萩蒔絵(内鈴虫)

欅摺漆中棗 月に萩蒔絵(内鈴虫)

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Four-case inro with sealife design Japanese, Edo Period, Early 19th century By Koma Kansai II, Japanese, 1767–1835 By Shibyama Soichi, Japanese (Front)

Four-case inro with sealife design Japanese, Edo Period, Early 19th century By Koma Kansai II, Japanese, 1767–1835 By Shibyama Soichi, Japanese (Front)

Antique Japanese Lacquer box

Antique Japanese Lacquer box

An important Ottoman gem-set, jadeite and tombak-mounted casket, Turkey, 19th Century

An important Ottoman gem-set, jadeite and tombak-mounted casket, Turkey, 19th Century

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