Oyako Gata Ishidōrō, Japanese Stone Lantern - 0101-0197
Stone lanterns, Ishidōrō (石灯籠) in Japanese, are without a doubt the most characteristic part of the traditional Japanese garden. The phenomenon originated from China more than a thousand years ago, from there it spread to Korea and eventually was integrated into Japanese culture as well. All Japanese holy sites, such as Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, use stone lanterns as sacred light sources. During the 16th century, stone lanterns became very popular among Japanese tea masters and they were used to light the path through the tea garden leading towards the tea house. Ever since then, one or multiple stone lanterns are featured in almost every traditional Japanese garden.
A Japanese stone lantern is made up of multiple independent parts that need to be carefully stacked on top of each other to create a perfectly balanced lantern.
The Oyako Gata Ishidōrō (親子型石灯籠) is a combination of a smaller and bigger lantern that share the same foundation. Oyako is Japanese for parent and child, which refers to the two lanterns. The bigger parent lantern is placed higher in order to watch over the smaller child lantern.
• Origin: Nagoya, Aichi prefecture
• Material: Hirakawa stone (白川石)
• Age: Shōwa Period
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