Japanese Lantern Unknown Type
Japanese stone lantern, in Japanese Toro, or Tourou. 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 ground 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.
A powerful Japanese lantern in which an elegant lightbox and roof are combined with a heavy column and base. The base is carved in half, the other half resembling natural rock. The column is decorated with bird-like figures.
• Origin: Nagoya
• Material: Shirakawa Stone
• Age: Showa Period
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|0101-0210||88 cm||88 cm||205 cm||Eur 3500.00|