|rengejigata tourou @@Ψ`βΔ|
|KEY WORD :@architecture / lanterns|
type lantern. So named because a pair of these lanterns stand in front of
the main building at Rengeji @Ψ in Kyoto. This type of lantern was not
originally designed for garden use. It was first made during the Edo period
and is said to have been a favorite of the famous poet and calligrapher,
Ishikawa Jouzan ΞμδR (1583-1672). The lanterns are well over 2 meters tall.
The long, narrow canopy is similar to the shape of a partially closed umbrella
and accounts for about 1/3 of the total height. The canopy looks like a
sharply bent tile roof with six ridgepoles; eave-like structures are attached
to the underside. On the very tips of these eaves are lotus crests. These,
however, and the jewel *houju
σμ are thought to be later additions. The flame holder is covered with wide-spaced
lattice work. On the middle base chuudai δ is carved horizontal
latticework and lotus-pattered arabesques; carved lotus petal designs are
carved around the middle and base of the stem *sao
2@A portable lantern found in the Rengeji garden. It is set on a round bean-cake shaped stone base; the umbrella/canopy is a half-sphere; there is a jewel at the top; the flame holder is round and its four sides are carved with the *kouzama i·Τ design.
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