Japan, a signed stone Shrine Pathway Lantern Kasuga, 150cm, 5 feet high,Meiji period, (1868-1912 CE). Two matching lanterns are available.
The signed and carved stone Kasuga style lantern fashioned in six
parts with an incised finial Hohju, lotus representational roof kasa, incised and carved “deer motif” light chamber with a stepped altar interior, Hibukuro, hexagonal mid platform nakadai, a signed and
painted “Hounou” crane’s leg shaft sao, and base kiso hand carved of basalt stone and with appropriate weathering from a century of age.
Provenance: one of a pair of pathway lanterns deaccessioned from a shrine from the Kumamoto area, middle Kyushu Prefecture
This simply carved Kasuga lantern is incised on its leg sao with word “Hounou” meaning offering indicative of donor patrons that commissioned such lanterns for installation and use at their local shrine. Smaller scale lanterns like these were often used to line pathways. The kasuga style of lantern is named for the Kasuga Grand Shrine- a centuries old Shinto Shrine located in Nara, Japan and famous for its abundance of stone lanterns leading up to the shrine.
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Schneible Fine Arts has been dealing in authentic Japanese antique garden lanterns and water basins for many years. Mr. Schneible personally travels to Japan each year to meet his network partners who assist him in finding best examples. He personally inspects each antique lantern to ensure its old age, authenticity, and quality condition. After accumulating a group, they are imported to Vermont and Maine in large containers. This method keeps shipping costs low and enables us to offer them to you at reasonable prices. We carefully pack and ship to clients all over the USA and at reasonable shipping costs.
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We are members of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) specializing for ten years now in old and authentic Japanese stone garden ornaments.
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