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Japanese Stone Lantern Yama 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.
The Japanese Stone Lantern Yama Gata or Yama doro, Yama means mountain, are rustic in design, being made from one piece of natural unpolished rock, often slightly cartoon-like in their appearance. These lanterns are made from a naturally shaped piece of rock. These Japanese stone lanterns do not feature a firebox. Most of the time a cast iron lantern is hanging from a chain.
• Origin: Nara, Kyoto
• Material: Kurama stone
• Age: Meiji Period
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