Japanese Stone Lantern Kajuu-ji 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 Stone Lantern Kajuu-ji Gata is named after the Kajuu-ji temple dating from the Edo Period 1615-1868 in Kyoto. This modern type of stone lantern is often seen in front of restaurants to attract customers. The proportions of rectangular forms, openings, flattened light compartment and large gently curved roof present an austere, elegant form embodying quiet simplicity.
• Origin: Nagoya
• Material: Hirukawa stone
• Age: Meiji Period
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