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Japanese Stone Lantern Koto-in... - 0101-0076
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 Koto-in Japanese stone lantern. Sen no Rikyu was a symbol of Japanese tea culture and he really loved this type of stone lantern. This is why the Japanese Koutouin lantern is one of the most popular stone lanterns in Japan and is often found in the Japanese tea garden. The lantern looks like a lightweight Kasuga Doro.
Material: Hirukawa stone
Age: Edo Period
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|0101-0076||60 cm||60 cm||210 cm||€ 4800.00|
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