Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a brick-hued fine-grained granite. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Minor old loss, with lichen accumulation overall.
Height: 55 cm
Width: 16.5 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm
Packaged weight: 25 kg.
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 sizable, notably handsome gorinto, showing excellent formal balance and desirable patination.