Another Stone “What am I?” Quiz: Star Destroyer!
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Warp Speed Ahead! Darth Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer in Stone -- Nishimura Stone Lantern workworkshopshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/80 sec, f/5, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Warp Speed Ahead!
Darth Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer in Stone

Well, my previous stone-related “What am I?” quiz was apparently too difficult for everyone, so here's a softy....

I found this stone lantern among the hundreds of odd-shaped and beautiful stone carvings in the gardens behind the Nishimura Stone Lanterns workshop. Those familiar with the Star Wars™ world (or with the vast array of Star Wars™ toys their kids might leave underfoot) will likely find that these photos call to mind the Imperial Star Destroyers from the original movies.... especially after I write “Imperial Star Destroyer” several times. 🙂

Bearing Down -- Nishimura Stone Lantern workworkshopshop and garden -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/80 sec, f/10, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Bearing Down

I would assume that this was carved before any of the Star Wars™ movies were made, but even if it's more recent, no one's going to carve an Imperial Star Destroyer from solid stone. In any case, I can tell you for sure that this is not an Imperial Star Destroyer, or anything from the Star Wars™ world.

So, what is it?

And yes, Marci, I realize that “warp speed ahead” is from Star Trek.

As I often do with these “What am I?” quizzes, I'll keep comments in the moderation queue until I reveal the answer.


All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

“no one’s going to carve an Imperial Star Destroyer from solid stone.”

When you were about 10, had someone given you a chisel and a rock, I bet you’d have given it your best shot 🙂

— comment by Marcina, USA on December 23rd, 2009 at 8:11am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

I found this stone lantern among the hundreds […]

Is that a stone lantern?

Yes. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have said it was. 🙂 It was just a bit shorter than me, like many there made up of several pieces stacked one on top of the other. But if you compare to the other 50+ photos I have in my other posts from this site, it appears quite different from any other stone lantern. —Jeffrey

— comment by parv on December 23rd, 2009 at 10:27am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

I think it looks like a stone Donald Duck.

— comment by Steven on December 24th, 2009 at 9:03am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink
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