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The Daiza (pronounced dye'- za)
The art of daiza carving is a specialized skill involving careful attention to the detail of the stone for which it is being created. To view the steps in carving a daiza, see the following websites:

  • Suiseki Strength & Beauty
  • The International Stone Appreciation Society

    Common daiza features:

  • carved to conform to shape of stone
  • dark colored woods
  • natural finish or lacquered with black, brown, reddish-brown, or clear lacquer
  • narrow lip and short legs
  • for stones with irregular or uneven bottoms, daiza is often carved out to fit shape of stone

    The Dai
    This term refers to any display that is a stand or platform. Sometimes used interchangably with Daiza.

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