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Vintage Japanese Bonseki A Set Miniature Landscapes

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Vintage Japanese Bonseki A Set Miniature Landscapes
Japanese Bonseki (Bonsetei) from mid. 1900s. Bonseki , (simply means tray-stones ) is the ancient Japanese art of creating miniature landscapes on black lacquer trays using white sand, pebbles, and small rocks. Small delicate tools are used in Bonseki , such as mist creating board (this special thin board and wedges, is used to create haze/mist on the mountains etc. ) spoons ( different shapes of spoons are used to create the sea shore, snow drifts and clouds ). Sieves are used to differentiate sizes of stones . There are moons and different kinds of birds patterns, a dustpan, etc. ( feathers to create waves, running rivers, haze, also to use adjust shapes ). The trays are either oval or rectangular, measuring about 60 by 35 centimeters in size. Oval trays have a low rim while rectangular ones are flat. ( There are no trays with this set ). Bonseki scenes often depict mountains, seashores, and gardens. Small stones are used to represent mountains, shore lines or rocky islands that waves break upon. Miniature structures called Tenpai usually of painted copper, and clay are sometimes added to the work to make houses, temples, bridges waterfall , boat and gate. Many people who enjoy Bonseki add tools over the period, so some tools are newer than others. Under the aesthetically-minded Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa (14431490), Bonseki became popular among members of the aristocracy. A century later, Sen no Rikyu, the famed master of the Tea Ceremony, practiced Bonseki and one of his students, Hosokawa Sansai, set up a school dedicated to Bonseki with established techniques. There are also Enzai, Sekishu and those 3 are major bonseki schools and each school has different designs. This bonseki tansu has 13 drawers which contain different roughness of sands and stones and tools on top and bottom drawers. Some drawers of Bonseki tansu are hard to pull . Meshes of the sieves are getting thin got separated from frames ( some are gone ) , repairs on the knobs of trays and tansu has small holes. Also some sands became mixed with other sands and minor flaws on the tools and miniature models . You can now make Karasansui (rocks and sand, with the sea symbolized not by water but by sand raked in patterns that suggest rippling water) in your house , creating a Zen feeling , and the best part of it is that you will get the best meditation while making it and after making it for sure! . Size of Tansu 11.25 " H x 10.5" W x 6.75 " Deep (28.6 cm H x 26.7 cm W x 17.1 cm D ) Weight 11lb . 14.5 oz ( 5.5 kg )

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