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Stone Water Basin Mizubachi Chouzubachi Edo 17 c.

Stone Water Basin Mizubachi Chouzubachi Edo 17 c.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1700: Item # 1239956

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Daikyocho 27
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0015

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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.