Hexagonal Kasuga-style stone lantern hand-sculpted in six parts from Izumo-ishi, a relatively soft sedimentary stone composed of volcanic ash. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Overall softening of the lines and contours with very minor loss. Excellent lichen accumulation.
Height 156 cm, Diameter of base 42 cm.
A solid example of the classic hexagonal Kasuga-style stone lantern, the most common of the various traditional Japanese stone lantern styles, in laudable condition despite significant age. Although the international market occasionally produces a Kasuga-style stone lantern or two, typically of 20th-century vintage and invariably in granite, one almost never encounters this style of lantern with several centuries of age and in sedimentary stone, chiefly because the local market yields up such pieces with surprising infrequency. Beyond reproof, truly.