Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Garden : Pre 1700 item #625202 (stock #96)
Antique Stones Japan
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Hexagonal Kasuga-style stone lantern hand-sculpted in six parts from Izumo-ishi, a relatively soft sedimentary stone composed of volcanic ash. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Overall softening of the lines and contours with very minor loss. Excellent lichen accumulation.

Height 156 cm, Diameter of base 42 cm.

A solid example of the classic hexagonal Kasuga-style stone lantern, the most common of the various traditional Japanese stone lantern styles, in laudable condition despite significant age. Although the international market occasionally produces a Kasuga-style stone lantern or two, typically of 20th-century vintage and invariably in granite, one almost never encounters this style of lantern with several centuries of age and in sedimentary stone, chiefly because the local market yields up such pieces with surprising infrequency. Beyond reproof, truly.

All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Garden : Pre 1800 item #623164 (stock #94)
Antique Stones Japan
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Stone lantern hand-sculpted in six pieces, mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Optimal condition, with minor edge loss. Uniform lichen accumulation.

Height 140 cm, Diameter of foundation stone 35 cm.

Sculpted from Izumo-ishi, a type of sedimentary stone composed of volcanic ash and traditionally used in the production of Japanese stone lanterns. Extremely uncommon style, in excellent condition despite significant age. A rare opportunity.

All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Garden : Pre 1800 item #611430 (stock #83)
Antique Stones Japan
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Stone lantern hand-sculpted in six pieces from Izumo-ishi, Edo Period ca. 1700. Surface flaking and softening of the lines and contours overall, but structurally sound.

Overall height 159 cm, Diameter of foundation stone 42 cm.

Izumo is the old name for the region within modern-day Shimane Prefecture famous for a type of sedimentary stone composed of volcanic ash, eponymously named Izumo-ishi. Izumo-ishi is particularly famous for its use in the production of stone lanterns. Japanese stone lanterns in this style and with this amount of age are no longer readily available in the local market. Exceedingly uncommon.