The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 3. Garden Lanterns

Porcelain Standard Lanterns

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Standard Lanterns of porcelain have also lately come into use, but whatever may be their value as successful specimens of keramic art, their decorative appearance ill accords in character with natural scenery, and they are not, therefore, considered desirable ornaments in correct landscape gardening. Natural stones are generally introduced in the vicinity of stone Standard Lanterns, the method of arrangement being similar to that followed in grouping rocks alone,�as already described on page 46,� the Lantern itself occupying the place of the "Statue Stone" in such combinations. One of the adjacent stones, called the "Lamp-lighting Stone" (Tenkwa-seki), is employed for the purpose of reaching the fire-box of the Lantern, and is made higher than the adjacent "Stepping Stones," being often of a double-stepped form.