Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a gray-hued igneous stone. Clearly dated to the 12th year of the Kanei Era (1635), early-Edo Period. Very minor old loss.
Height: 59.5 cm
Width: 18.5 cm
Depth: 17.5 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, manifests himself in the five elements making up the physical world.
On one side of this gorinto five Japanese characters are incised in a column, one character on each of the five geometric forms to which it corresponds in meaning.
A sizable, solidly handsome early-17th-century gorinto.