Hokyointo stupa sculpted in four parts from a relatively soft, lightweight sedimentary stone. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Old loss. Uniform lichen accumulation overall.
Height: 62.5 cm
A uniquely Japanese stupa form, the hokyointo takes its name from the Hokyoin Darani sutra, copies of which were placed inside early, i.e., Heian Period (794-1185), stupas in this style, typically made from wood or gilded bronze. From the Kamakura Period (1192–1333), hokyointo sculpted from stone began to be used as funerary markers, particularly of exalted personages.