Gion Gata Ishidōrō, Japanese Stone Lantern
Item description - YO01010145
Stone lanterns, Ishidōrō (石灯籠) in Japanese, are without a doubt the most characteristic part of the traditional Japanese garden. The phenomenon originated from China more than a thousand years ago, from there it spread to Korea and eventually was integrated into Japanese culture as well. All Japanese holy sites, such as Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, use stone lanterns as sacred light sources. During the 16th century, stone lanterns became very popular among Japanese tea masters and they were used to light the path through the tea garden leading towards the tea house. Ever since then, one or multiple stone lanterns are featured in almost every traditional Japanese garden.
A Japanese stone lantern is made up of multiple independent parts that need to be carefully stacked on top of each other to create a perfectly balanced lantern. The different parts are from top to bottom:
• Hōju/Hōshu (宝珠) - The jewel at the top of the lantern
• Ukebana (請花) - The foundation of the jewel
• Kasa (笠) - The umbrella which protects the fire box from harsh weather conditions
• Hibukuro (火袋) - The fire box
• Chūdai (中台) - The platform of the fire box
• Sao (竿) - The post
• Kiso (基礎) - The foundation
• Kidan (基壇) - The base platform
The Gion Gata Ishidōrō (祇園型石灯籠) is a fairly rare and valuable Japanese stone lantern. The variation originates from the Gion district of Kyoto, an area recognized as the most well-known Geisha district of Japan. The hexagon Hibukuro only has two opening, situation opposite from each other. Besides that, a very unique Hōju can be spotted on top of the elegant Kasa.
• Origin: Nagoya, Aichi prefecture
• Material: Hirukawa stone (蛭川石)
• Age: Edo Period
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|YO01010145||85 cm||85 cm||230 cm||€ Item is Sold|
|EUR: 4750.00 ⇒ EUR: Item is Sold|