Posted 2 years ago
This cast iron plate is 9.5" (24 cm) in diameter x 1" (2.54 cm) high and weighs 4 lbs (2 kg). It has an applied finish and three pierced feet on the back which can be used to hang it or to set it on a flat surface. It originally had a "Japan" label on the back which has gone missing but the adhesive remains. I found a couple of other examples which still have the label attached, one with the original price tag on it. Guessing these plates date from maybe the 1970s or 1980s, but could be older or more recent. I don't know which foundry made these but they appear to be pretty good work, I think.
These came in several finishes, multi-colored like mine or a verdigris (blue green) finish. There may have been other finishes. I like the verdigris finish most, but this example was much less expensive than the other pieces I found, so here we are. I don't hate the colors, though.
I was born in the year of the horse, so have been keeping my eye out for something from Japan with a horse, or horses, on it and this fit nicely since I am currently in my Japanese metal phase. As with many Japanese items which have a sticker on the bottom, I suspect that these were made for both domestic sale and export. If anyone has any insight into this I would appreciate knowing if my guess is correct or incorrect.