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Japanese Stone Lantern Rikyu 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 Rikyu Gata. Sen no Rikyu was a symbol of Japanese tea culture and he really loved this type of stone lantern. This is why the Japanese Rikyu lantern is one of the most popular stone lanterns in Japan. The lantern features a fairly heavy umbrella. Some parts feature lotus petals.
• Origin: Nara
• Material: Hirukawa stone
• Age: Meiji Period
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