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An image of 'Ishizara' food plate by Seto ware
Alternate image of 'Ishizara' food plate by Seto ware

Seto ware

(Japan  – )

Title
'Ishizara' food plate
Place of origin
Japan
Year
1800-1850
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
stoneware with 'horse eye' (umanome) design in iron
Dimensions

25.5 cm diam.

Credit
Bequest of Patricia Englund 2005
Accession number
175.2005
Location
Not on display
Further information

The plate, made at the traditional ceramic centre of Seto, is an excellent example of the functional, unsophisticated, regional folk craft advocated by Hamada and Kawai. Described in Japanese as a 'stone plate' ('ishizara') it was used for food. This particular design, known as 'horse-eye' ('umanome'), was common on plates used at inns along the Tokaido Highway between Kyoto and Tokyo in the late Edo and Meiji periods. The slightly battered appearance of the plate is standard for this type of well-used pottery.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2005.