Antique Stones Japan

Stone Gorinto 5-Tiered Stupa Pagoda Early-Edo 17 c.

browse these categories for related items...
Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1700: Item # 1306852

Please refer to our stock # 653 when inquiring.
Antique Stones Japan
View Seller Profile
Daikyocho 27
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0015

Guest Book

Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a brownish basalt. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 36 cm
Width: 13 cm
Depth: 13 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, manifests himself in the five elements making up the physical world.

A relatively small-scale example showing good age and a deferential tilt, depending on one's vantage point.