Posted 2 years ago
This Iwachu trivet is 6" in diameter and sits about .5" high. It weighs in at 13.1 ounces. It is pretty large for an Iwachu trivet, the largest I have seen, so far. The coloring is also a bit unusual. I think the design is supposed to represent ocean waves? Not sure about that, though. I also thought maybe clouds, but the design is oriented toward the bottom based on the maker's mark on the back.
I have been on an Iwachu trivet buying spree and this is another from my December purchases that has been in the mail for weeks. These can be found pretty inexpensively, if buying them used. Not sure how many different designs Iwachu made, but a couple more examples are still in the mail. I guess one could make a hobby of collecting the various styles. They don't take up much space, which is a plus. They make me think of coins. Not sure if the hole in the center is functional or decorative.
This one has what I call the "new" mark, maybe Heisei? Still no idea how Iwachu denotes their marks but guessing maybe it changes with each Emperor? If anyone knows, please inform me!