Suiseki gazing stones art

 

Han Jiang river stone

 

Gongshi belongs to the Chinese tradition of venerating beautiful stones, which has existed since the Neolithic era, when prized geological specimens were placed into tombs as offerings. Chinese writers composed essays praising the natural qualities of these gazing stones, especially if they were represenative of mythological creatures like dragons, spiritual concepts,  prominent mountains or had a captivating aesthetic. They are also known as Lingbi Stones and Scholar Rocks and have been a favorite with collectors since ancient times. Some were revered if they conjured imagery of immortals and sages or the remote mountain grottoes and caves where they liked to dwell. The Japanese called these stones Shuiseki, which meant Water and Stone and they were used for interior decoration and in courtyards and gardens.

The Rinzai Zen monks from Kyoto wrote in 1474 that the contemplation of evocotive stones allows you to look upon grand vistas without travelling far, feel grounded and experience cleansing and purification of the heart. It was recognized as being good for enriching the spirit and prolonging happiness. Generally, shiseki stones are formed naturally or with a minimal amount of manipulation.

 

 

 

contemplation stone

 

‘Beyond the Path’ gazing stone

 

 

Krizopras stone

 

 

 

Chinese Scholar's Rock---Red Taihu Stone

Chinese Scholar’s Rock—Red Taihu Stone

 

 

Ascension Gongshi Scholar Stone

 

 

Chinese Qing Dynasty Scholar's Stone

Chinese Qing Dynasty Scholar’s Stone

 

 

Hualien rose stone

Hualien rose stone

 

 

Suiseki stone from Momjave Desert

Approaching the Chasm — Suiseki stone from Momjave Desert with copper hues

 

 

Suiseki stone Cascading water--Omugawa ishi

Contemplation stone with appearance of cascading water–Omugawa Ishi

 

 

Shuiseki stone with black serpent

Orange Shuiseki with black undulating serpent

 

 

forest in moonlight Shuiseki

Forest in full moon Suiseki

photo –  Fabio Petroni

 

Suiseki creation chaos

 

 

landscape elliptical stone

Polished oval stone

 

 

Abstract scholar stone

Abstract scholar stone

 

 

seated ox suiseki

Resting Ox suiseki stone

 

 

ancient proverb

 

Year Of The Ox – 2021

 

 

 

Green and ochre Suiseki stone

 

 

Bowing Humble-servant

Bowing servant

 

 

 

sillohete-forest suiseki

Tree silhoette suiseki

 

 

elliptical-stone suiseki

Ellyptical suiseki

 

 

 

immortal being suiseki stone

Immortal figure suiseki

 

 

 

Spinach green suiseki stone

Spinach green Gongshi

 

 

Red and white suiseki stone

 

 

Mountain lake vista

 

 

Wild Typhoon storm

Typhoon Vortex

 

 

Japanese Geisha girl

Japanese Geisha suiseki

 

 

 

Modernist form Suiseki

 

 

 

orb portal journey

Orb portal stone

 

 

Dragon dynamism suiseki

 

 

Burnt trees suiseki

 

 

suiseki weeping wllow tree

Suiseki Willow

 

 

 

Rounded fossilized-calliagraphy-stone

Rounded fossilized calliagraphy stone

 

 

Cranial crown chakra stone

 

 

 

gazing-stone on wooden base

Suiseki waterfall stone

 

 

Natural landscape suiseki

 

 

 

Half Moon Bay portal stone

Half Moon Bay portal stone

 

 

Hualien Rose shuiseki stone

Hualien Rose shuiseki stone

 

 

Irish Hag Stone

 

 

 

Jade shuiseki stone

Jade Elephant suiseki stone

 

 

Ken McLeod---jade colour mountain

Ken McLeod—jade colour mountain

 

 

 

Red Jasper sculpture stone

Red Jasper sculpture stone

 

 

Suiseki mountains

Suiseki mountains

Riversoul Crafts Etsy

 

 

Ruby imbedded fuschite

Ruby imbedded fuschite heart rejuvination

 

 

Suiseki-art-stones

Suiseki Waterfall Stone — Abegawa River, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan—–Kenichi Oguchi gift – 2001

 

 

 

Taking flight suiseki

Taking flight scholar stone

NGV

 

 

seated-sage-stone contemplation

Seated Sage stone contemplation

 

 

Malachite in its natural state evokes lush green hills in early summer.-Lukuni-Mine,-Katanga-Province,-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo---Ralph-W-Johnson

Malachite in its natural state evokes lush green hills in early summer.

Lukuni Mine – Democratic Republic of Congo—Ralph W Johnson

 

 

Awakening suiseki stone

 

 

The Universe speckled scholar stone

The Universe speckled scholar stone

 

 

Dragon descending scholar stone

!6.5 ins H — Qing Dynasty, ca. 17th to 18th century CE. 

 

Large Chinese 'Gongshi' Scholar Stone

Large Chinese ‘Gongshi’ Scholar Stone

 

 

Chinese Lingbi stone

 

 

Globular horses vessel  – Paolo Staccioli

 

 

Ma Chang Red Stone

Ma Chang Red Stone

 

 

Mountain-Range-Stone---Eel-River-California---Richard-Manning

Green Mountain Range stone

Eel River-California—Richard Manning

 

 

Trident maple (Acer buergerianum), has its roots growing over a rock and its foliage and stems trimmed in the shape of a dragon

National Bonsai and Penjing Museum

 

 

Sheer face mountain

Sheer face mountain suiseki

 

 

Back of a woman

 

 

Dragon moving

Dragon movement

 

 

Cliff top down to plains — suiseki stone

 

 

suiseki-stone red and white

Suiseki schematic figures

 

 

Suiseki landscape

 

 

Svend Bayer lustre glaze

Svend Bayer lustre glaze

 

 

Taihu limestone Scholar Stone--met

Taihu limestone Scholar Stone

met

 

 

Tall Sculptural Form, Kohiki--14ins--Shozo

Tall Sculptural Form, Kohiki — Shozo Michikawa

H–14ins

 

 

Teaware by Paul Fryman and Mikhail Tovstous (Ukraine) by Pottery Park Store

Teaware by Paul Fryman and Mikhail Tovstous

(Ukraine)  Pottery Park Store

 

 

‘Whirlwind’ Suisaki

Zymoglyphic Museum

 

 

 

Wu Jiang River stone Suiseki

 

 

Shuisaki stone

Suiseki

Da Su Bonsai Studios

 

Seated monk

 

 

Shuiseki sculpture

Suiseki sculpture – Kurokamo-ishi

 

 

Shelter Stone – Melba Tucker

Indio, California

 

 

spinach and russet jade mountain group,-19th century--carved-in relief-with scholar painting

Spinach and russet jade mountain stone, carved in relief with scholar painting

19th century China

 

 

Meditation Gong Shui

 

 

Crysanthenum Stone suiseki

Crysanthenum Stone

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Catherine
    Posted February 20, 2021 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful ! So many walks to take, so many landscapes to wonder at, so many seasons to watch passing by just looking at stones ! It took me so far away at a time when I miss so much escapes in nature. Thank you !

  2. Posted September 27, 2021 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Die Steine der Natur in Flüssen und am Meer haben mich schon als Kind fasziniert. Größere Ansammlungen füllten mein Zimmer, besonders schöne Stücke standen direkt in meinem Blickfeld. Steine zu betrachten und zu sammeln hat für mich heute noch viel mit Entspannung und spiritueller Magie zu tun und beflügelt meine Seele in dieser schnelllebigen Zeit. Danke für die wundervollen Bilder

  3. Robbie Hood
    Posted September 27, 2021 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Translation for above comment:–The stones I was fascinated by nature in rivers and by the sea as a child. Larger collections filled my room, particularly beautiful pieces were right in my field of vision. For me, looking at and collecting stones still has a lot to do with relaxation and spiritual magic and inspires my soul in these fast-moving times. Thanks for the wonderful pictures

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