Lanterns of the Ikekomi-gata (planted or buried) type were first produced in the Momoyama Period (1568-1615). They are believed to be among the oldest type of garden lanterns. These lanterns were designed by the ancient tea masters specifically  for the roji (gardens developed in conjunction with the tea ceremony). This type is frequently placed near a stone basin but its simple clean lines will compliment any garden area. These lanterns can be easily identified by their lack of pedestal, and by their square or round shaft. The shaft is sunk directly into the ground hiding the unfinished portion of the basin. These lanterns are measured from the bottom of the shaft, where the carving begins, to the top of the roof, or cap if one is present.

Measuring Guide






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