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Japanese Stone Lantern Bridge Post
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 very special piece. Part of an old Japanese bridge. A recess was hand carved out of the post and where handrail of the bridge was once fixed. This recess can be seen as the lightbox. The bridge post can easily be used as a Japanese lantern in the Japanese garden. This is one of the four bridge poles.
• Origin: Nagoya
• Material: Shirakawa stone
• Age: Edo-Meiji Period
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|0101-0086||30 cm||30 cm||110 cm||€ 3250.00|