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Japanese Old "Turtle" Garden Lantern

About the Item

From our recent Japanese Acquisitions- the first we've seen Japan, this handsome quality old "turtle" motif tea lantern is a good find and an authentic old work of art. It is the first old authentic example we have seen. In a convenient portable size, it may be suspended from its loop or installed on any surface. Notice the dramatic finely detailed turtle shell. Dimensions: 7 inches tall to top of loop handle and 11.5 inches wide. It is a substantial, heavily and a sturdy hand caste garden work of art.. Good garden candidate, this is an ideal accent size for a small outdoor or indoor Zen or Tea garden. Only one. Provenance: Old American, 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. We are members of NAJGA- North Amerian Japanese Garden Association. 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, 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.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 7 in (17.78 cm)Width: 11.5 in (29.21 cm)Depth: 5.5 in (13.97 cm)
  • Style:
    Showa (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    Mid-20th Century
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location:
    South Burlington, VT
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU1289225125882

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