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Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 .

As with much of Japanese traditional architecture, the stone lantern was originally from China, but very few still exist in that country today.  In Japan, they were first only used in Buddhist temples for illumination, where the lit lantern was considered an offering to Buddha.  Beginning in the 8th century, the stone lantern was used in Shinto shrines as well as in private homes for religious purposes. 

It not until the late 1500s that stone lanterns became popular for use in the tea gardens of Japan.  Many new styles and types were developed to suit the needs of the tea masters.  For this purpose, as well as today, they were and are...

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 .

Chinese footbaths originated in China in the Ming Dynasty.  Originally, the footbaths were Blanc de Chine, a type of white porcelain made in the Fujian province. The area along the Fujian coast was traditionally one of the main ceramic exporting centers extending in historical range from the Song Dynasty to present.  Blanc de chine, along with hand painted porcelains in Blue and White, Rose Medallion, Famille Rose, Chinese Imari and Canton patterns, and other porcelain was made and decorated exclusively for Chinese footbaths for export to Europe and later to North America.  Large quantities of this Chinese Export Porcelain were exported...

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