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Other Displays: Shelves, Stands, Corner Tables
Display areas can be created in any home regardless of style or cultural orientation, such as with today's western-style rooms and furniture. The suiseki should be more predominant than the table or shelf.

Display areas:

  • usually at least 2 feet above floor
  • lighting from above and front, to avoid shadows

    Display backgrounds:

  • plain walls - off-white or beige
  • curtains - unpatterned off-white, beige, gray, gold, or silver
  • flat screen


  • beautiful and simple wood is often preferred
  • flat cherry, pine, or hemlock
  • boards 1/2 to 1 inch thick,
  • sometimes lightly burnt with torch
  • sometimes washed with wire brush
  • clear lacquer finish

    Stands for stones and objects less than 3" tall:

  • use stands with staggered shelves or tiers
  • arrange objects as a group
  • keep object placement consistent with their locations in nature
      Use higher shelves for:
    • distant mountain stones
    • bonsai trees commonly found in upland areas

      Use lower shelves for:

    • waterpool stones
    • island stones
    • coastal rock stones
    • shore stones
    • thatched-hut stones
    • bonsai common to lowland areas
    • planters containing grasses

    Other types of display stands:
  • polished tree stumps, flat tops, legs of gnarled roots
  • lacquered or seasoned rectangular boards
  • stone slabs
  • bamboo or reed rafts, tied with natural fibers like hemp or raffia
  • natural or carved wood boards of polished burl or driftwood

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