How does one evaluate a stone? How does one select a classification? Will everyone see the same image? In the Art of Suiseki, there is no such thing as a "correct" classification, an "incorrect" classification, or a definitive image to be seen in a stone. Evaluating and classifying is a wholly individual and often spiritual process, a relationship between the stone and the viewer. What a viewer will see in a rock (or what the rock will reveal to the viewer) is completely subjective and unique to every individual.
The example below is called "Ten Vews of A Rock"
Some would say that every frame appears to be a new rock; but in fact each frame is the same rock, displayed at different angles. This enjoyably illustrates the subjective nature of suiseki appreciation, and the beauty that can be discovered through the process of contemplation and evaluation.
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