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Umanome (Horse Eyes) Blue Plate, Large

Umanome is a traditional Japanese plate motif widely used from the late Edo period (around 1780) to the early Meiji period (around 1870). The pattern is convenient to decorate-mass produced plates quickly with continuous brushstrokes.

Umanome can be translated “horse eyes” in Japanese. The individual swirls resemble a horse's eye, but no one exactly knows why the pattern came to known as umanome.

As the popularity of antique umanome plates has risen recently in Japan, many replicas (probably molded and machine printed) have entered the market. However, Seto Hongyo Gama still produces the plates the way they used to be made hundreds of years ago. The plate is as authentic now as it was then.

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Umanome is a traditional Japanese plate motif widely used from the late Edo period (around 1780) to the early Meiji period (around 1870). The pattern is convenient to decorate-mass produced plates quickly with continuous brushstrokes.

Umanome can be translated “horse eyes” in Japanese. The individual swirls resemble a horse’s eye, but no one exactly knows why the pattern came to known as umanome.

As the popularity of antique umanome plates has risen recently in Japan, many replicas (probably molded and machine printed) have entered the market. However, Seto Hongyo Gama still produces the plates the way they used to be made hundreds of years ago. The plate is as authentic now as it was then.

The Japanese say that good earthenware “grows.” This means that by use and over time brand new earthenware changes color gradually. This plate thus becomes a legacy you can “grow” and pass down to later generations.

Comparison of brand-new and old umanome plates.

Comparison of brand-new and old umanome plates.

The photograph on the right shows a brand new and an antique umanome plate. The standing shiny plate is unused, and the matte one placed flat on the table is an antique. Both of the plates, as well as this plate, were made at Seto Hongyo Gama.

Read more about Seto Hongy Gama, a traditional potters’ workshop.

The umanome plate is thick and heavy. Its weight and dynamic pattern gives it a masculine appearance. Still, the geometric umanome pattern looks sophisticated and contemporary.

Probably for this reason, this plate does not discriminate between the kind of food served upon it. Pasta, fish, salad, potatoes, hamburger, curry, and or any kind of food will look great on this plate.

This plate has a fine cracking pattern, called kannyu in Japanese. Kannyu is created by a different contraction rate between the clay and glaze as the pottery cools after being fired. In Japan, Kannyu is intentionally made as a visual pattern, and doesn’t affect the integrity of the pottery’s structure.

A umanome plate microwavable, and dishwasher safe.

Apart from this blue umanome plate, we also offer a brown unamome plate.

Diameter: 8-7/8″
Height: 1-3/4″
Weight: 1 lb 9.1 oz

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Weight 42 oz
Dimensions 12 x 12 x 5.5 in

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