Stone lanterns were originally votive lamps in front of the halls of Buddhist temples, developed from the hanging lanterns of bronze or wood. In about the thirteenth century, they began serving a similar function in the precincts of Shinto shrines as well. The use of stone lanterns in gardens in the sixteenth century was due to the influence of the Tea Masters, who adapted it from the Buddhist temple where it originated.
The impressive weight of granite demands that lanterns be made a manageable size. It is therefore recommended that in assembling a lantern, the pieces be joined by an epoxy cement. This is most advisable if the piece is to be permanently secured in an area where children are at play. Also, pieces carved with pedestal bases can easily be made stable if set in concrete or gravel.
Shipping for all stone lanterns is additional and calculated upon the weight of the lantern and the ZIP code to which it will be shipped. Stone lanterns are shipped within the continental United States only.