Some of the larger stones at this year’s Japan Suiseki Exhibition were displayed with scrolls. Because the stones take up less visual weight than larger bonsai, the scrolls are larger than what we’re used to seeing in bonsai displays.
Stone display with scroll – Furuya ishi
Scroll display with stone – Kamogawa fugo oroshi ishi
Kamo River stone close-up
Setagawa maguro ishi
An important part of the art of suiseki is the “daiza,” the carved pedestal that orients the stone for the viewer. I enjoy these hand-carved artifacts almost as much as I enjoy the stones. Here are a few examples that take very different approaches to supporting their stones.
Tamagawa ishi – the most minimal daiza of all: no daiza
Next up, more from the 2020 Kokufu exhibit!
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