The Oribe lantern is one of the most traditional and popular style of lantern seen in Japanese gardens. This Oribe includes a base plinth meaning the rectangular column does not need burying in the ground. Made from natural Sandstone, this lantern can stay outside in the garden all year round or be placed indoors. The base block appears to be hewn from a rock still partially buried in the ground so that it is securely ‘anchored’. The fine bush hammered finish on the surface of the lantern leaves an attractive light stipple and Shoji lattice in two of the lightbox apertures diffuses the light should you wish to burn a tea candle at night. The other two apertures represent the sun and crescent-moon.
This lantern comes in 6 separate pieces. Provide a solid, level foundation for the base block and all the other pieces will sit securely one on top of each other. If you live in a particularly windy area or you are worried about children or animals knocking into the lantern you can stick the pieces together using a transparent, outdoor adhesive such as Stixall.
Use a tea light inside the lightbox to create low ambient lighting at night.
Base dia: 40cm x 40cm
Lid dia: 43cm x 43cm
Weight: approx. 120kgs
This lantern has been intricately hand carved by an experienced Japanese artisan. Each lantern piece has been delicately carved from a larger stone block with specialised hand tools. It takes decades of practice to carve with precision. The beauty of this lantern is testament to the high quality stone used and the skill of the artisan.
From first contacting individual Japanese craftsmen in early 2021 we are excited that we finally have received our ‘made to order’ limited collection of stone lanterns and basins. We chose two master craftsmen from different regions of Japan to showcase the best quality stone and artisan talent. These craftsmen, the stone, and their lanterns are designated as traditional crafts by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.