Gorinto (five-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a brick-hued granite. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Very minor old loss.
Height: 40 cm
Width: 15.5 cm
Depth: 15.5 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.
With a tapered bottom surface sculpted for easy insertion into the soil, this piece will require some form of vertical support if displayed indoors on a flat surface.
A notably handsome gorinto showing strong formal balance, significant age, and excellent condition.