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Antique Japanese Mingei Seto Folk Andon Lantern Plate

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Antique Japanese Mingei Seto Folk Andon Lantern Plate
A beautiful Japanese Seto Andon Zara or lantern plate dating to around 1700. Made at the Seto kilns in modern day Aichi prefecture, the plate has a free and easy picture style, combined with a skillful tecnique and glaze. Andon Zara (Plates for lanterns) are also called Abura Zara (oil plates) were placed on the base section of a lantern to prevent tatami mats from being stained by oil dripping from the light dish. These plates pent most of their life covered in oil and fell out of general use by the beginning of the 20th century with the introduction of gas lighting, It was Yanagi Soetsu, the founder of the folkcaraft movement, who recognized their value as craftworks and then these items became collectable. Very few survive in good condition because these plates were seen as ordinary everyday utilitarian wares and later discarded This is a beautiful example with the faint smell of oil emanating from the base. The painting is of stylized abstract sunrises and swirls, that are still fresh after almost 300 years. For further information on andon zara please see issue 42 of Daruma Magazine. Dimensions: 8 3/4" x 1".

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