Suiseki pronounces Vietnamese as “Master.”
Suiseki is a Japanese word for “Sui” meaning “water” (water). “Seki” is “jelly” (stone): is the art of stone enjoyment as the stone still retains its natural condition.
Suiseki is usually displayed on engraved wooden soles called Dai or Daiza or when they are displayed on a porcelain or terracotta tray with fine sand or Suiban. Throughout the country, the name of this art is also different.
In Chinese, suiseki is called “Gongshi” (“Qishi”), “rare stone” (or “Guaishi”), “strange stone” (or “stone”). In Korea, suiseki is called “Suseok”, the “eternal stone”. In Korea it is “Suseok” (or “Gongshi”). In the West it is called “viewing stone”. In Vietnam suiseki is called “stone scene”.
What is Suiseki ?
“Suiseki” stone is a refined and traditional art form of Japan. Represents a process, sense, relationship between object and viewer. Assess aspects such as stability, longevity and immortality. Formed over time by wind and water, stones come in many sizes and shapes, reminding us of objects in nature.
– Suiseki is a stone that conjures up images of mountains, lakes, waterfalls and other natural scenes or shapes and aesthetics. They represent nature in the palm of your hand.
– Suiseki is a natural stone that is admired for its beauty and for its power to evoke natural scenery. Among the suiseki types, the most popular (suu-ee-seck-ee) are those that show a distant mountain, waterfall, island, a cottage, or an animal.
Suiseki stone by type:
– Suiseki Landscape (Sansui keijo-seki): in the form of mountains, islands, waterfalls, coastlines, caves, canyons or highlands.
Keisho-seki: represents a person, animal, boat, house or bridge. (Sorting by surface)
– Celestial (Gensho-seki): with patterns similar to the moon, sun or stars.
– Tree (Kigata-ishi): pattern, fruit, grass, forest or even bonsai.
– Weather (Tenko-seki): similar rain, sunlight, lightning or snow.
– Summary (Chusho-seki): with surfaces similar to the animal prints, ..
Suiseki can be displayed on a shallow tray or sand, as part of a Tokonoma set or on a wooden stand or table.