By splitting a single large stone along its strong vertical grain, this imaginary five-island grouping was created. A waterfall emerges from a cavern at the peak of the dominant mountain island and cascades into the lagoon enclosed by nearby islands. Mist boils out from the narrow chasm between the sheer rock walls. A lone fishing boat sails through the mist beneath foliage clinging to the rock face and island slopes.
The Korean tray, a casting of 85% mica and graphite, was hand-rubbed and waxed, but otherwise left unfinished. The Chinese characters at the right corner of the tray are the Chinese characters for “shan” (mountains) and “chuan” (streams).