Two gorinto (5-tiered stupa) standing side by side, a column of five Siddham-script seed-syllables (Jp. bonji) incised on each symbolizing the Five Wisdom Buddhas, namely, Dai-Nichi Nyorai, Ashuku Nyorai, Hosho Nyorai, Amida Nyorai, and Fukujoju Nyorai, sculpted in shallow relief from an iron-rich igneous stone. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss.
Height: 63 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 16 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.
An exceedingly uncommon example of two relief-sculpted gorinto on a single stone, well-executed, sizable, and with significant age. Highly collectible.