Japanese Stone Lantern Nuresagi Gata
Japanese stone lantern, Toro, or Tourou in Japanese. 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 grounds 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 Nuresagi Gata is modeled after a heron standing on one leg. The umbrella is designed to look like the folded wings of a heron when in rest. The post of the lantern is elegantly shaped. The firebox is decorated with a heron or crane. Both the firebox base as the base feature decorations of lotus petals.
• Origin: Nara, Kasuga Shrine
• Material: Kurama stone
• Age: Edo-Meiji Period
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