Stone of the Month 当月赏石 May

“Great Peace”


This scenic stone reminiscent of a plateau with a low mountain range in back was found in the Seta River many years ago.  The surface of this stone is referred to as a pear skin, typical of many other stones found in this river. The exquisite hand crafted base was carved by Tanimoto Hyakusui. His signature was carved on the bottom of this base. The name “Great Peace” was written on the front of the storage box (kiri bako) along with “Setagawa pear-skin tiger stone.”  “Great peace” was exhibited in the first Japan Suiseki Exhibition held in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in 2014.

The stone with its low profile and aged patina typically evokes a quiet peaceful mood when it is viewed. It is 33.5 cm wide, 6.3 cm high and 8.5 cm deep.



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