Stone gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from a medium-weight volcanic stone. Muromachi Period ca. 1450. Very minor old loss.
Height: 63 cm
Width/Depth of base: 22 cm
The gorinto is a uniquely Japanese style of stupa comprising five geometric forms, which correspond (from bottom) to earth, water, fire, wind, and ethereal space. The Japanese Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism views the gorinto as a symbol of Dai-Nichi Buddha, who, underlying all things, manifests himself in the five elements making up the physical world.
Gorinto sculpted in four parts, the uppermost part comprising two of the five geometric forms, are far more uncommon than gorinto sculpted from a single stone. This is a sizeable, robustly sculpted example the likes of which are no longer readily available in the local market.