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Japanese Old "Red Kurama" Stone Spirit Lantern- One-of-a-Kind


From our recent Japanese Acquisitions Travels. Here's a beautiful and unique way to accent your outdoor garden space with this one-of-a-kind treasure from Japan. From an old Nagoya garden comes this authentic, handsome and hard to find Japanese Obakedouro “Spirit Lantern,” crafted from red kurama granite, 70? high, six pieces, Taisho-Showa period (1920s-1940s). See historical information below. This stunning, unique large hand-carved, solid stone lantern was originally cut from a large mountain iron rich red boulder called kurama stone. Red iron Kurama stone was historically once sourced exclusively from one northern Kyoto region. However that source had been terminated decades ago and this rare stone is no longer available. This lantern was sourced from a private Nagoya area Japanese garden. 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. Our gallery based in Shelburne, Vermont USA has been dealing in authentic Japanese , Chinese, and fine Asian art, garden ornaments, lanterns and water basins for 25 years. The president personally travels to China, Japan and Europe each year to meet his network partners who assist him in finding best examples. He personally inspects each antique work of art to ensure its old age, authenticity and quality condition. We are members of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) specializing for ten years now in old and authentic Japanese stone garden ornaments. 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 moutainous areas of Japan and are thought to repel ill spirits via the round firebox/portal. The Kasuga lantern is fashioned after the ancient lanterns found in Shinto shrines of Nara, Japan and some date back to 700 AD. Kasuga lanterns are frequently seen at entrances to Japanese tea gardens and as a focal point to modern day gardens. Oki-gata , small portable lanterns are among the rarest of all because few were created and fewer still survived the ravages of time. Our collection of Japanese stone lanterns represents a decade of research and networking. Our goal was simple: to acquire only the finest most significant examples from private collections and gardens. With that in mind, our collection though small in number, reflects four prime acquisition criteria: rarity, quality, aesthetics, and where possible, historical importance.


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    H 60 in. x W 24 in. x D 15 in.H 152.4 cm x W 60.96 cm x D 38.1 cm
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    Shelburne, VT
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