This slate and shell Goban set was in a recycle shop in Osaka.
The board has a warm-color heartwood that fades towards the lower corners. It is a Kiura cut, the most preferred of Center cut when the tree is not large enough for a Cross cut. This cutting style shows off the growth rings of the tree on the ends, with straight lines along the sides. Heartwood ripples on the surface, like a strong wind on water, create angular waves typical of Matsu (Pine). It stands 20.5cm tall with legs, and comes with a decorative fabric cover.
The bowls are Kuri (chestnut) with their original finish in good condition. The stones are slate and shell but were not measured or counted; they look size 28-32, about 7.5mm-8.5mm.
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