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Japanese Scholars Rock Called Suiseki


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Collection No. TB-3482
Size 23cm x 22cm
Japanese Scholars Rock Called Suiseki
Japanese Scholars Rock Called Suiseki
Japanese Scholars Rock Called Suiseki
Japanese Scholars Rock Called Suiseki
Japanese Scholars Rock Called Suiseki
Japanese Scholars Rock Called Suiseki
Japanese Scholars Rock Called Suiseki

This beautiful Japanese Suiseki Stone is of grey stone with natural veins.  The overall shape could be a stone tree but that is only my eyes, every Suiseki Stone will look different to the viewer as like when viewing clouds each person will see something different. The age of this stone is unknown but it’s not new. The wood base is also not new.

Chinese scholar’s rocks called Gonshi influenced the development of  Suiseki in Japan.  The history of suiseki in Japan begins during the reign of Empress Suiko. These small objects were brought to Japan as gifts from the Chinese Imperial court. Suiseki are usually presented in two different ways: The stone is provided with a wooden base (daiza) or the stone is placed in a waterproof tray or bowl of ceramic (suiban).

These stones are not just any stones which can be found in nature; they must be expressive stones and have a special shape, colour and texture to be categorized as suiseki. There is a distinction between landscape and object stones. The former reflect landscapes such as mountains, lakes or rivers, while other stones have object shapes that resemble animals or sculptures.

The stones are of natural origin and are found in rivers, oceans and forests.  They are not allowed to be reshaped. An exception is the cutting of stones to have a flat base, so they can be placed stably on a wood base to be displayed properly.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Asian Art.

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