Heavy, large Seto ishizara (stoneware) plate in the highly collectible uma-no-me (horse eye) design. These solid and sturdy plates were made by anonymous craftsmen and used to served simple food at road side ryokan (Japanese inns) along the old Tokaido Road. The horse eye design consists of six concentric spirals that are freely and boldly painted in iron oxide. Plates such as this were appreciated for their humble, solid quality and bold design sense and were collected and appreciated by Mingei era luminaries like Yanagi Soetsu and Kawai Kanjiro. From humble beginnings, these plates are now featured in museum collections around the world. Of a medium to large size, this plate would be a wonderful setting for a plate of yakitori skewers or a humble stack of fried potatoes, but would be equally at home displayed atop a tansu. Late Edo era.
Condition: Very good. There are a few minor chips, glaze skips and kiln cracks as seen in the photos. (None of these mar the beauty or integrity of this fine piece.) The ring of unglazed spots in the center are made by small ceramic points that separated the many plates that were stacked in the kiln during the firing process.
Size: 10.94 x 2.28 inches / 27.8cm x 5.8 cm