Japanese Stone Lantern Gion Gata
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.
The Japanese Lantern Gion Gata is a special, not very common stone lantern in Japan. Originating from the Gion area, Kyoto Japan. The hexagonal firebox has only 2 openings which take up half the height. The other four sides are closed and feature a pattern of lines. The roof, the firebox and the firebox base are hexagonal in shape. The roof has a sleek shape with a special jewel, the Houju. The base is decorated with lotus petals.
• Origin: Nagoya
• Material: Hirukawa stone
• Age: Edo Period
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