A Stone Lantern Gallery

A Stone Lantern Gallery

Japanese Stone Lantern photos by K.T. Cannon-Eger and Bill Eger   St Louis, Missouri, Lantern in the Japanese garden of the Missouri Botanical Garden, pieces of which date back to the 1904 World’s Fair « ‹ 1 of 33 › »   Use arrows to browse images, or click...
Oribe Lantern 織部灯籠

Oribe Lantern 織部灯籠

Oribe lantern – 織部灯籠 – This is a type of lantern designed specifically for garden use by Lord Furuta Oribe (1544-1615). It has no foundation stone, but sits on a square pedestal (sao) planted into the ground for stability. This is the characteristic of the “buried base” group of stone lanterns known as “ikekomi”. The square light box (hibukuro) sits on a square central platform (chudai) with a tapered bottom. It has square front and rear openings sometimes covered with shoji. The right and left openings are a crescent moon and full moon shape respectively. It is usually lighted by a candle or small oil lamp. The light box is covered by a 4-sided, sloped stone roof (kasa), and crowned by a knob-like jewel (houju) resembling a lotus bud.

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