Japanese Stone Lantern Oribe 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.
The Japanese Stone Lantern Oribe Gata All parts are rectangular in shape. This is the most common type of buried lantern. Master of the Japanese tea ceremony Furuta Oribe, also known as Furuta Shigenari loved this lantern and gave the lantern her name. Additionally, some people call these Christian lanterns because of a Christian like symbol carved at the bottom of the post. Not all Oribe feature the Christian symbol.
• Origin: Nagoya
• Material: Hirukawa stone
• Age: Edo Period
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