Called kintsugi (literally meaning “gold joinery”) in Japanese, this method of repairing broken parts with glittering gold mixed with lacquer was extensively used for ceramic works in the Goryeo period, such as this cup.
Both everyday objects and ornaments such as this drinking cup were standard for Goryeo period (918–1392) burial goods. Furnishing tombs with an elaborate assemblage of objects was believed to honor and comfort the newly dead. While greenish celadon works were mainstream during the Goryeo period, bluish-white ceramic works made of white clay such as this one were produced from time to time.
Floral-shaped Cup with Incised Chrysanthemum Design
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