This Japanese antique set of plates is over 100 years old dating to sometime during the Meiji period, of 1868-1912. Meimei-zara is the word used for this size plate. This style of lacquerware plates are most often made for serving desserts during the tea ceremony. They would make good side plates for almost any setting. Makie is a general term for the nature of how an item is covered with a material as well as the inlays, most often used when it involves the gold and silver makie on lacquerware. In this case, they are decorated with mother of pearl inlay and gold and silver maki-e. These are decorated beautifully with a mon and paulownia leaf which is a type of wood used often in Japan for wood making. These antique plates are in very good condition with no cracks and no chips. They are a gorgeous set and an excellent find as a complete set this age. There may be some surface wear due to age, please use the pictures for review of the condition. The bottoms do have some minor scratches but overall in good condition.
SIZE : Diameter 5.3" or 13.46 cms, Height 1" or 2.54 cms, Weight 290 grams or 0.63 of a lb unpacked
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