The History of Kintsugi

February 22, 2019

An ancient tradition

The story of Kintsugi is as rich and complex as the pieces it creates, mixing historical decisions, philosophy and legend.

Kintsugi dates back to the 15th century.

The legend states that the shogun of Japan, Ashikaga Yoshimasa (depicted above in the traditional Ashikaga dynasty fashion) broke his favorite piece of art, a chawan or luxurious tea bowl and sent it to get repaired.

To the anger of the shogun, the artwork was brought back held together by iron staples. The best craftmen of Japan then competed to please their leader, until one unknown artist mended it with molten gold.

The art of Kintsugi was born.

Its full meaning was, however, yet to unravel.

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