This is the most symbolic of our stone tea trays. Its depiction of an incomplete circle brush-stroked inside the square form of the tray echoes both traditional Chinese and Japanese zen principles. According to Chinese tradition, the tray captures the relationship between the heavens, represented by the circle and the earth, represented by the square.
In Japanese Zen Buddhism, the open circle represents the imperfections of life. The acceptance of these imperfections is one of the major tenets of Zen Buddhist beliefs - and is one of the philosophical underpinnings of wabi-sabi design.
Crafted from dark basalt, an igneous rock found in the hills of Hualong County, Qinghai Province, the tray features contrasting textures. The circle is polished to a high shine, while the surrounding surface is rough. The water outlet is ingeniously cut into the inside edge of the circle. On the bottom corner a stamp is carved with four stylized Chinese characters: Xing Yun Liu Shui, a Chinese idiom meaning to flow naturally or smoothly. The tray is buttressed by two asymmetrical supports of natural bamboo lumber, made from laminating multiple strips of bamboo together to form a solid and contrastingly beautiful foundation for the stone tray.
Can be set up to drain directly into an included plastic tray or into an under-table reservoir via an included rubber tube.
width 15.8" • height 3" • depth 15.8"