水 - Suiseki is the Japanese art of stone appreciation, which values aspects like stability, longevity and immortality. Formed through time by wind and water, stones can take several sizes and shapes, reminding us of natural objects.
Suiseki (also called viewing stones) are often placed on delicate wooden stands or trays, called daizas and dobans, respectively. The wooden stands serve to display the stones and create an image of harmony.
History of Suiseki stones
Originating from China (called “Gongshi”) and Korea (called “Suseok”), the art of Suiseki was introduced in Japan by the Chinese Imperial court during the Asuka period (538-710AD). It became more popular during the Kamakura period (1183-1333AD) as it gained acceptance with the Samurai ruling class. Stone appreciation was introduced in the west when displayed at early Bonsai exhibitions.
Suiseki stone classification by type
- Landscape Suiseki (Sansui keijo-seki): in the form of a mountain, island, waterfall, shore- or coastline, cave, canyon or a plateau.
- Object stones (Keisho-seki): representing a person, animal, boat, house or bridge. Classification by surface
- Celestial (Gensho-seki): with patterns resembling the moon, sun or stars.
- Plant (Kigata-ishi): with patterns picturing flowers, fruits, grasses, forests or even Bonsai.
- Weather (Tenko-seki): resembling rain, intense sunlight, lightning or snow.
- Abstract (Chusho-seki): with surfaces similar to animal prints, tangled nets, etc.
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Suiseki can be displayed on a shallow tray filled with sand or water, as part of a Tokonoma setting and/or on a wooden stand or table.