I love the simplicity and authenticity of this little Japanese lantern. It is beautifully rendered in volcanic ash, so it is a great deal less expensive than it would be if it were carved from stone. It is durable too, as it was left outside through a very cold New York winter and emerged undamaged and looking like new. Please be advised, however, that its description as "Mini", must be taken seriously, as it is just that. In a small space though, in or out, it is quite effective and handsome.