Stone water basin (Jap. mizubachi, or chouzubachi), originally part of a hokyointo stupa. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.
Height: 20.5 cm
Exterior dimensions: 40 cm square
Interior (basin) dimensions: 16 cm square
Basin depth: 8.5 cm
This mitatemono (recycled thing) water basin was originally employed as one part of a hokyointo stupa, a complete early-Edo-Period example of which appears in the final photograph. (For further photos of the same hokyointo, clearly dated to Kanei 13 (1638), please see our stock #178 in our Archives.) Water basins in this style are extremely uncommon, reflecting the relative scarcity of hokyointo stupas. A very desirable piece.