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Japanese Lovely Old "Yukimi Snow Lantern" Garden Lantern First We've Seen

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Unusual find- A first In this simple yet handsome Yukimi "snow" lantern petite size and uncommon motif Unique Moon & Sun Firebox Design. Japan, this handsome quality old and some what petite "Yukimi Snow" motif tea garden lantern is the first of it's kind we have seen. In a convenient portable size and displaying its original fire box may be installed on any surface. Best part is the uncommon size: dimensions: approximately 9 inches tall to top finial and 5.5 inches wide Good garden candidates- these are ideal accent sizes for a small outdoor or indoor Zen or Tea garden. Would also be a good accompaniment to a bonsai display. History of Yukimi lantern: Yukimi-doro or legged lanterns have as a base not a post but from one to six curved legs, and a wide umbrella with a finial either low or absent. Relatively low, they are used exclusively in gardens. The traditional placement is near the water, and a three-legged lantern will often have two legs in the water, and one on land. The umbrella can be round or have from three to eight sides, while the fire box is usually hexagonal. Yukimi denotes water reflection. In the west they are sometimes referred to as "snow viewing" lanterns- as snow might build on their broad rimmed top during a wintery event. This form 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 . Provenance: Old Tokyo Japanese garden. Many of our customers place oil candles or tea lights inside the main section making a romantic and enjoyable decorative accent for entertaining friends and family. It's a perfect choice for your indoor or outdoor garden space. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our lifetime authenticity guarantee. History of Japanese lanterns: In Japan a to¯ro¯ (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, toro 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.    

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  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 20th Century
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 9 in. x Dm 5.5 in.H 22.86 cm x Dm 13.97 cm
  • Diameter
    5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    LU1289217498221
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