Japanese Lantern Unknown Type
Japanese stone lantern, Toro, or Tourou in Japanese. The earliest were introduced to Japan from China through Korea along with Buddhism. Stone lanterns, or Ishidourou, were used first as votive lights at temples and shrines. Later they were used to light the grounds of these religious precincts. Secular use began in the 16c. when stone lanterns were used by tea masters for gardens surrounding their tea huts.
Almost all Japanese stone lanterns are divided into separate parts. From bottom to top, the base: Kiso, the pilar: Sao, firebox base: Chudai, the firebox: Hibukuro, the roof: Kasa and the jewel: Houju.
This lantern is of the so-called buried type, like the Oribe, has no base, and is made up of simple rectangular as well as round shapes. It is unknown whether this combination is original. The roof of the lantern is the closest to the roof of the Nishinoya Gata.
• Origin: Nagoya
• Material: Shirakawa stone
• Age: Edo-Meiji Period
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