Classical grave stone

Dublin Core

Title

Classical grave stone

Subject

Religions-Sites; Religions-Buddhism; Arts-Sculpture

Description

This shape is common to the Shingon school of Japanese Buddhism and reflects its doctrines. The five geometric shapes of this stupa-like grave stone signify the five elements shared by all living things (from bottom to top, cube, sphere, pyramid, hemisphere, drop): earth, water, fire, air and space. Each of these elements has its own "seed" syllable or mantra, that is carved into the stone here in its Sanskrit form.

Date

7/7/2002

Contributor

Gardiner, David L. , 1957-
Colorado College

Rights

Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgment to be given to the IDEAS image database and the photographer. Photographer retains copyright.

Format

image/jpeg

Type

still image

Identifier

cocrejpn0154

Coverage

Japan
Wakayama (Prefecture), Koyasan (inhabited place)
1080336
34.216667
135.583333

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

640 w x 480 h, 72 ppi

Files

https://s3.amazonaws.com/omeka-net/9473/archive/files/289febb21ae789eb3e8de844cf70154a.jpg

Citation

“Classical grave stone,” ASIANetwork IDEAS Project, accessed December 17, 2017, http://www.ideasproject.org/items/show/1854.