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Japanese Antique Stone "Tea Garden" Spirit Lantern, One-of-a-Kind

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$3,85024% Off


From our recent Japanese acquisitions travels A diminutive size ideal for small gardens or private areas They work especially well at night with an oil candle. See our photo. Upon request, we will include one complimentary bottle to get you started. This old Japanese rustic style stone tea garden lantern was hand carved around 100 years ago. Coming from an old Nagoya garden this hard to find Japanese style, also known as an Obakedouro “Spirit Lantern,” was a unique creation featuring an attractive curvaceous three legged base, oblong top and simple firebox with natural boulder finial. It is only the second lantern of this similar kind we have had the pleasure of handling. They work especially well at night with an oil candles. See our photo. Upon request, we will include one complimentary bottle to get you started. Dimension: 26 inches tall This lantern was sourced from a private Nagoya area Japanese garden, 4 pieces. It's unique qualities represent some of the finest old world Japanese craftsmanship found today. Best in class. This rare lantern would make an ideal choice for any quality outdoor installation whose owners would appreciate and want "best in class". Many of our customers place "oil candles" inside the main sections making a romantic and enjoyable decorative accent for entertaining friends and family. One-of-a-kind. Lifetime "Guarantee of Authenticity". All our Asian works of art are accompanied by our lifetime guarantee of authenticity. Brief History of Japanese lanterns: Japan’s lantern tradition was imported from India yet has existed in Japanese temples and gardens since the seventh century. They were originally conceived as entrance lighting and guardians and when lit served as an offering to Buddha. Some of the earliest stone lanterns were carved with Buddhist images on the firebox and usually had compartments for an oil lamp or candle. Later on, they became more secular in nature, and their use evolved as functional and decorative elements in traditional Japanese tea gardens. Today’s vintage survivors serve as fashionable aesthetic elements in modern day Japanese and Asian inspired gardens. There are four main categories of antique Japanese stone lanterns. Tachi-gata are pedestal lanterns such as the famous Kasuga lanterns, ikekome-gata are the so-called buried lanterns, oki-gata are small often portable lanterns, and yukimi-gata are sometimes commonly mis-described as "snow viewing" lanterns but in fact were often installed near water. Finally "spirit" lanterns assembled from natural stones were popular in mountainous areas of Japan and are thought to repel ill spirits via the round firebox/portal.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Width: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Depth: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Style
    Taisho (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1289216728591

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    Ships From: South Burlington, VT
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