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Stone Gorinto 5-tiered Stupa Pagoda Edo 18/19 c.

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Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a brownish sedimentary stone. Late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Minor old loss. Slight lichen accumulation.

Height: 32.0 cm
Width: 9.5 cm
Depth: 8.5 cm

The gorinto is a uniquely Japanese style of stupa comprising five geometric forms, which correspond (from bottom) to earth, water, fire, wind, and ethereal space. The Japanese Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism views the gorinto as a symbol of Dai-Nichi Buddha, who, underlying all things, is manifested in the five elements making up the physical world.