Lew's Lessons by Lew Buller, USA

Minamoto no Yoritomo, Fossilized wood, Cheyenne River

Paul Gilbert Collection, USA

 

This hard, small stone has deep texture and nice rich dark colors of green, black, red and brown. It was discovered near the Cheyenne River by a sheep rancher, a generation ago, and was passed down as a fascinating rock. It is not only fascinating; it a great example of why fossilized wood can make an excellent viewing stone. Stone measures 7 x 5 x 11 cm. The base was carved out of black walnut by the owner Paul Gilbert.

 

A friend named this stone “Minamoto no Yoritomo”, the first shogun (1192–1199) of the Kamakura shogunate. Note the facial position, the flowing robe, and in the stone the right-most point of the stone would appear to be the handle of a sword.