Renge-ji Gata Ishidōrō, Japanese Stone Lantern
Item description - YO01010130
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 different parts are from top to bottom:
• Hōju/Hōshu (宝珠) - The jewel at the top of the lantern
• Ukebana (請花) - The foundation of the jewel
• Kasa (笠) - The umbrella which protects the fire box from harsh weather conditions
• Hibukuro (火袋) - The fire box
• Chūdai (中台) - The platform of the fire box
• Sao (竿) - The post
• Kiso (基礎) - The foundation
• Kidan (基壇) - The base platform
The Renge-ji Gata Ishidōrō (蓮華寺型石灯籠) originates from the Temple of the Lotus Flower, Renge-ji in Kyoto. The lantern is famous for its unique Kasa which was based on traditional architecture. The authentic status makes the Renge-ji Gata Ishidōrō a favorite among Japanese teamasters.
• Origin: Nagoya, Aichi prefecture
• Material: Hirukawa Stone (蛭川石)
• Age: Meiji Period
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|YO01010130||45 cm||45 cm||137 cm||Eur 1750.00|