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Stone Gorinto 5-Tiered Stupa Pagoda Muromachi/Momoyama 16 c.

Stone Gorinto 5-Tiered Stupa Pagoda Muromachi/Momoyama 16 c.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1700: Item # 1351929

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Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from an igneous stone, most likely basalt. Muromachi/Momoyama Period 16 c. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 39.5 cm
Width: 14 cm
Depth: 14 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 notably handsome, well-proportioned example, with significant age.