Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in shallow relief from a fine-grained gray-hued igneous stone. Clearly dated to the opening year of the Meireki Era (1655), early-Edo Period. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.
Height: 90.4 cm
Width: 36.6 cm
Depth: 18.2 cm
The gorinto is a uniquely Japanese style of stupa comprising five geometric forms, which correspond to (from bottom) 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.
A notably handsome example of type with excellent size and significant age, the bottom surface slightly tapered for easy insertion into the soil. Uncommon.