52. Suiseki Kamo-gawa sarumawashi



In Japan the term suiseki means water (sui) and stone (seki). These stones images evoke landscapes in miniature, or animal or human figures. They have the power to touch the viewer and to reveal to him the serenity that emanates from nature’s creations. Chinese scholars, then later Japanese ones, have always collected these stones as supports of meditation. There are several types – called yamagata-ishi for forms representing mountains; taki-ishi for waterfalls; keiryu-seki for rivers and streams; dan-seki for the hills, etc.. Animal forms are called dobutsu-seki and human representations sugata-ishi.

Stone image named Sarumawashi, the term for a street show involving trained monkeys
Dobutsu-seki type
17 x 10 x 20 (h) cm, awasebako

A black color and a smooth surface are the desired characteristics for a stone from the Kamo river (Kamo-gawa) in Kyoto Prefecture.