Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a gray-hued igneous stone. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.
Height: 41 cm
Width: 10 cm
Depth: 10 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.
With its bottom surface tapered for easy insertion into the soil, this gorinto will require some type of lateral support if displayed indoors.