Hokyointo stupa sculpted in four parts from a relatively soft, lightweight sedimentary stone. Muromachi Period ca. 1450. Loss and overall softening of the lines and contours. Variegated lichen accumulation.
Height: 101 cm
Foundation stone: 22.5 cm square.
A uniquely Japanese stupa form, the hokyointo takes its name from the Hokyoin Darani sutra, the earliest hokyointo, made of wood or gilded bronze, functioning as repositories for copies of that eponymous sutra. From the Kamakura Period (1192–1333), hokyointo were made nearly exclusively of stone and employed as funerary markers, particularly of exalted personages.
A handsome, sizable example of an extremely elusive type of Japanese stone stupa.