Stone of the Month 当月赏石 February

“Xiao Dongtian"


This small irregular-shaped Lingbi stone with a prominent tunnel and arch in the center came from an older collection once owned by a stone connoisseur. This was a special stone that was greatly admired because a previous owner had the inscription “Xiao Dongtian” carved on the front face of the upper part of the arch. Literally the inscription means “small cave in the mountains that reach the heavens.” This is in reference to the early Taoist literature and beliefs to a place where immortals lives. The artistic name of the former owner is on the lower back side of the stone. It reads “White Cloud Mountain Hermit” which is a clue that this stone was in the possession of an ardent Taoist. This stone is 26 cm wide, 14 cm high, and 14 cm deep and is in a private collection.

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Classroom  课堂

Welcome to our New “Classroom!”

This section provides an opportunity to learn more about stone appreciation through the use of our new videos and published articles. The Classroom also contains useful information for stone enthusiasts starting with a Guide to Stone Markets and Shops in China and Japan. Each month, additional videos, articles and other information will be available to help people along on their path to becoming stone connoisseurs.

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Featured Article  专题

The Concept of “Dongtian” in Chinese Stone Appreciation

We often read that Taoism and Buddhism have influenced viewing stone appreciation…

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Featured Book Review 推荐书的评

Zhu Jiayui and Ge Chunnan. 2012.

The Late Work of Monk Daixu with 100 Peculiar Paintings.

Culture and Art Publishing Company, Beijing.

This modern volume reproduces the original book written by Chu Deli and published in 1933 …

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Contemporary Stone Showcase


A contemporary display can be made by combining traditional elements in new ways. …

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