Gorinto (lit. five-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from an iron-rich blue-gray igneous stone. Dated to the second year of the Eiroku Era (1560), Momoyama Period. Very minor old loss.
Height: 55 cm
Width: 15 cm
Depth: 13.5 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.
On one side of this gorinto, five individual seed-syllables in Siddham script (Jp. bonji) are incised in a column.
An outstanding example of type, with good size, pleasing formal balance, and irrefutable 16th-century Momoyama-Period temporal provenance. Highly collectible.