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Stone Water Basin Mizubachi Chouzubachi Muromachi 15 c.

Stone Water Basin Mizubachi Chouzubachi Muromachi 15 c.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1492: Item # 1239900

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Daikyocho 27
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0015

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Stone (granite) water basin (Jp. mizubachi, or chouzubachi), originally part of a gorinto (five-tiered stupa). Muromachi Period ca. 1400, possibly earlier. Very minor old loss.

Height: 31 cm
Exterior diameter: 41 cm
Interior (basin) diameter: 21 cm
Basin depth: 9 cm
Packaged weight: 72 kg.

Originally employed as one part of a large gorinto, this mitatemono (lit., recycled thing) water basin features a single letter of Siddham (Jp. bonji), an ancient syllabic-alphabet script for writing Sanskrit, incised on its side. A notably handsome, sizable example of type, with significant age. Uncommon.