sekidou 石幢
KEY WORD : architecture / buildings & structures
Lit. stone flag. A type of stone pagoda with a hexagonal or octagonal base, a banner-shaped shaft, doushin 幢身, a niche, a coping stone shaped like a roof and one or more onion-shaped decorative jewels *houju 宝珠, on top. Some sekidou have no base so that section is inserted directly into the ground. Sanskrit letters and /or Buddhist images are carved on each side of the shaft. Some sekidou have octagonal or hexagonal shafts. Many have only a shaft and roof. Sometimes they resemble stone lanterns without a light box. According to some scholars sekidou probably evolved from *kasatouba 笠塔婆. The oldest extant date from the Kamakura period, but many were made in the late 14c, and after.


(C)2001 Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System. No reproduction or republication without written permission.