Gorinto sculpted from a single stone. Nanbokucho/Muromachi Period ca. 1350–1450, possibly earlier. Very minor old loss. Desirably patinated, with a patch of dried white lichen covering the top of the uppermost tier.
Height: 40.5 cm
Base: 12.0 cm square.
The gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) is a distinctively Japanese style of stupa comprising five geometric forms. E. Dale Saunders, in his 1959 classic, Mudra, notes that 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.
A notably handsome example of type sculpted from a heavy, extremely hard igneous stone and showing sharp delineation among the five elements, with a pleasing formal balance overall strongly suggestive of Kamakura-Period (1192–1333) work.