This'shokudai' design has a broad base and a cup form at the top. The cup at the top has a long needle shape sharp for holding a fresh candle. The middle section is shaped into 5 bulbous sections representing the five elements philosophy in Japanese Buddhism. The five elements are, in ascending order of power, Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void. Approximate Dimensions: 15 x 4 x 4 inch.
The needle that holds the Japanese candles in the cup have been removed (photo 2). This allows these candle stands to be used with votives or regular candles. These candlestands are simple, elegant and provide an important function.
Perhaps it is best to use the term'shibui', which describes an aesthetic sensibility that avoids the ostentatious and yet conveys a feeling of refinement. Lighting in the West is grand with enormous chandeliers that turn night into day, while in Japan the'shokudai' is meant to accompany the night and enjoy the night for what it is. This concept of illumination is all important in understanding Japanese lanterns and candle stands. These objects create the necessary minimum of light required to function in the darkness of the night, but do not alter the ambience the night has to offer. Ideal for interior design use, entertaining, collective display, home shrine or tokonoma to illuminate an ikebana arrangement for a tea ceremony.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Candle Holders". The seller is "nandaimo" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.