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Table Displays - The Shoku
The Japanese display table is called a shoku, often used in combination with other suiseki display items such as a daiza or suiban. The most attractive tables are made fine woods, often polished teak or rosewood, with simple curved or straight legs.

Shoku table guidelines:

  • 2 to 4 inches between container and table edges
  • table height determined by object's height and shape
  • table approx. one and a half times the height of object
  • very tall suiseki on low tables for stability
  • table shape relates to shape of object and container (rectangle, oval, irregular)
  • table style relates to style of object
  • heavy objects on heavy / rugged tables
  • light objects on light / finer tables
  • protect table with glass, mat, cloth, clear plastic or neutral-colored pad

    Display on medium-high or high tables:

  • mountain stones
  • waterfall stones
  • objects with vertical orientation

    Display on low to medium-high tables:

  • plateau stones
  • slope stones
  • bonsai with slant
  • objects with diagonal orientation

    Display on low tables:

  • shore stones
  • island stones
  • coastal rock stones
  • waterpool stones
  • objects with horizontal orientation

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