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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 # 003
FURUYA - ISHI


Origin: Furuya-ishi. Wakayama prefecture, Japan.
Size: 19 x 8 x 10.5 cm (w x h x d)
Daiza: Carved in Japan from rosewood, beautiful craftsmanship and is carved with 'scroll' design feet, the traditional style used for Furuya stones.
The daiza is signed on the underside by the maker, Sekiyuto ("Carved by Sekiyu") This is possibly Tanimoto Hyakusai, who used the name Sekiyusai late in his life. Tanimoto was a well known and respected authority of Furuya stones during the mid 20th century and was also a daiza carver.
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.
"Manjupo" ("Peak of Myriad Felicitations") The stone's name.

The inscription on the inside of the lid dates the suiseki to 1991.
The line of characters to the right of Sengyu's red seal read "Sengyu dai" ("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 peak with a smaller peak to its front, the two peaks are separated by a ravine containing a thin quartz vein suggesting a cascading waterfall. At the base of the main peak, on the right side, is a natural hole which can be viewed as a cave - a nice additional feature to have.
Please note, the photographs were taken using bright lights, in reality the stone is darker and not as glossy as it appears.
Price: 1,180 (GBP), including worldwide air shipment.

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