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Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki


Furuya-ishi suiseki

SUISEKI - Item # 1301
FURUYA - ISHI


Origin: Furuya-ishi. Wakayama prefecture, Japan.
Size: 14 x 8.5 x 8 cm (w x h x d)
Daiza: Carved in Japan from rosewood, beautiful craftsmanship. The daiza is carved with 'scroll' design feet, the traditional style used for Furuya stones.
Outer Box: Made of a hardwood and fastened with a flat chord tie. This second box, ('nijubako' in Japanese) is used to protect the kiri box which sits inside when in storage. Nijubako are used in Japan to protect kiri boxes and further protect their contents, and having one with this stone is an indication the owner, Sengyu, cherished it highly.
Inner Box: Made of Kiri wood (Paulownia) and used to store and protect the stone when not on display.
Written on the outside of the sliding lid from right to left is...
Furuya-ishi. The stone's origin.
"So-domon" ("Twin Caves") The stone's name.

Written on the inside of the lid is...
The four characters on the right date the suiseki to 1991.
The three characters above Sengyu's red seal read "Sengyu dai", which means "Title by Sengyu".
From this we known the stone was owned by a collector named Sengyu who named it and inscribed the box.
Comments: A fine quality, double boxed Furuya stone in the form of a mountain landscape with two dramatic caves at its base and it is from this feature the stone gets its name.
"Domon", a stone with openings that suggest caves, tunnels, or arches, are a popular type of suiseki in Japan, and with two openings, this stone has been named "So-domon", which means "Twin Caves" or "Double Arches", depending on the viewer's perspective.
Price: 650 (GBP), including worldwide air shipment.

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