D 34 cm x H 79 cm, Fiberclay material.
Traditional Japanese and Chinese lanterns are essential to give authenticity to an Eastern themed garden with its simplicity and harmony
Originally, stone lanterns and pagodas (jp. ishi-doro) were introduced into Japan from China in the 6th century (Asuka period) at the same time as Buddhism, primarily used to light the front of Buddhist temples.
Made of metal and mainly used to light doorways to shrines and temples, they converted under the influence by Japanese tea-master Sen-no-Rikkyu in the late 1500s to really become a major garden element made out of granite stone.
Japanese tea ceremonies were often held in the evenings and light was needed to guide guests to the tea room.