Japanese Stone Lantern Kanegata 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.
Japanese Stone Lantern Kanegata Gata. All parts are rectangular in shape. This lantern is just like the Oribe lantern a buried lantern. The base should be placed in the ground. The firebox features a square window with latticework. On the opposite is an open window and on the sides, we find the sun and the moon.
• Origin: Nara
• Material: Kurama stone
• Age: Meiji Period
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