Japanese Stone Lantern, Jurako Toro
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.
This Japanese stone lantern is very richly decorated in flower motives and Komainu, also called Lion Dogs, Foo Dogs, or Shishi Dogs. The lantern is hand-carved from green granite.
• Origin: Nagoya
• Material: Green granite
• Age: Showa Period
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|0101-0207||70 cm||70 cm||205 cm||Eur 4200.00|