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Seto Ware Oil Plate

Accession Number
1942.5

Title
Seto Ware Oil Plate

Artist(s)
Japanese

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1615-1868

Medium & Support
stoneware, gray with iron and white slip painting with clear glaze

Dimensions
2 1/2 in. x 13 11/16 in. x 13 11/16 in. ( 6.4 cm x 34.8 cm x 34.8 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Walter R. Parker

Label copy
One of the world's oldest and largest ceramic production sits remaining today, Seto has produced both high quality tea ceremony wares and utilitarian pottery. This plate, called ishi zara (stone plate) for its durable body and impenetrable glazed stone-like surface, is a good example of the everyday type of Seto ware. The ring-like patterns--a common decoration on ishi zara--are said to be modeled after horse's eyes. This large plate was used for serving generous portions of food.
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Seto Ware plate
Japan, Edo period
(1615–1868)
late 18th–19th century
Stoneware, iron, and white slip painting with clear glaze
Gift of Dr. Walter R. Parker, 1942.5
One of the world’s oldest and largest ceramic production sites remaining today, Seto has produced both high-quality tea ceremony wares and utilitarian pottery. This plate, called ishi zara (stone plate) for its durable body and impenetrable glazed stone-like surface, is a good example of the everyday type of Seto ware. The ring-like patterns—a common decoration on ishi zara—are said to be modeled after horse eyes. This large plate was used for serving generous portions of food.
(6/28/10)

Subject matter
One of the world’s oldest and largest ceramic production sites remaining today, Seto has produced both high quality tea ceremony wares and utilitarian potteries. This plate, called ishi zara (stone plate), is a good example of the everyday type of Seto ware.

Physical Description
This plate has durable body and protective glazed surface. Seven brown ring-like patterns (said to be modeled after horse eyes) decorate the inner rim of the large plate. The outermost edge is ringed in brown.

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
plate

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
plates (timepiece components)
pottery (visual works)

1 Related Resource

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)

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