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Japan Unique Tea House "Bird & Star" Garden Gourd Lantern, 100 Years Old
From our recent Japanese acquisitions travels Unique cast antique lantern find This gourd shaped hand cast lantern is only the second one of these we have seen ion over ten ears of handling Fine Japanese art. In addition to its unique shape, it is emblellished with many unusual cutout designs including auspicious symbols with bird and star cutout forms. It's old curled handwrought top loop is also unique- a master piece of Japanese lantern form art. Superb garden and collector work of art. May be either suspended in your favourite indoor or outdoor space., or comfortably set upon a favorite table or garden surface with it feet below. Aperture opening on bottom allows you to add an electrical fixture if you so choose. A good old example dating to the Taisho period, early 20th century, and with a blackened finish. Notice the wonderful extended roof timbers on top too- detailing we seldom see. Dimensions: 12 inches tall and 9.5 inches wide. Fine quality. Good garden candidate, this is an ideal accent size for a small outdoor or indoor zen garden. Only one. Provenance: Old Northern Kyoto garden collection. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity. All our Asian works of art are accompanied by our lifetime guarantee of authenticity. History of Japanese lanterns: In Japan a toro¯ (lantern) is a traditional lantern made of stone, wood, or metal. Like many other elements of Japanese traditional architecture, it originated in China. In Japan, to¯ro¯ were originally used only in Buddhist temples, where they lined and illuminated paths and lighted lanterns were then considered an offering. In its complete, original form the lantern represents five elements of Buddhist cosmology: Bottom touching the ground, represents chi, the earth, the next section represents sui, or water, ka or fire, is represented by the section encasing the lantern's light or flame, while fu¯ (air) and ku¯ (void or spirit) are represented by the last two sections, top-most and pointing towards the sky. These last two sections express the idea that after death our physical bodies will go back to their original, elemental form. Yukimi-do¯ro¯ or legged lanterns have as a base not a post but curved legs and a wide umbrella with a finial. Relatively low, they are used exclusively in gardens and the traditional placement is near water. The umbrella can be round or have from three to eight sides, while the fire box is usually hexagonal. Yu-loosley translated means water reflection. It was probably developed during the Momoyama period, but the oldest extant examples, found at the Katsura Villa in Kyoto, go back only to the early Edo period (17th century).
- Of the Period
- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacture1918
- Materials and TechniquesCastIron
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 12 in. x Dm 9.5 in.H 30.48 cm x Dm 24.13 cm
- Diameter9.5 in. (24.13 cm)
- Seller LocationShelburne, VT
- Reference NumberLU1289214532142
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