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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

SUISEKI - Item # 001
FURUYA - ISHI


Origin: Furuya-ishi. Wakayama prefecture, Japan.
Size: 25 x 7.5 x 10 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.
The daiza is a tight fit and I would advise not trying to remove it to avoid causing possible damage to it, or the stone.
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.
"Yamanaki tanio" ("Mountains Call, Valleys Answer") The stone's name.

The inscription on the inside of the lid dates the suiseki to the 10th year of the Heisei era (1998).
The 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 numerous, dramatic pointed peaks set among the valleys, at the bottom of some of the valleys are thin quartz veins suggesting rivers and cascading waterfalls.
Please note, the photographs were taken using bright lights, in reality the stone is darker and not as glossy as it appears.
Price: 1,280 (GBP), including worldwide air shipment.

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