Stone of the Month 当月赏石 July



The small arch way in the large rugged stone has special appeal to many Chinese stone collectors. When linked to Chinese mythology and ancient beliefs, passageways like this one can represent a passage to another life. When portals like this are found high in the mountains, they may have been considered as a gateway to heaven. This along with its other features—wrinkles, thinness, and channels—all contribute to making this an excellent stone. It is 35.6 cm (14 inches) wide, 32 cm (12.5 inches) high and 11.4 cm (4.5 inches) deep.

The Baoshan Wen stones from the Baoshan Mountains in Shangdong province are one of the oldest types of viewing stones in Chinese stone culture, dating back to the late Han, Tang, and Song dynasties. They are dug from soils where flowing ground water has sculpted these limestone rocks for millennia. They are typically black to dark brown, sometimes with white veins. The surface texture is typically rough with horizontal and vertical grooves that form a net-like or bark-like appearance. The wrinkled appearance gives the stones a feeling of oldness. These stones are mainly oriented as landscape scenes, although smaller ones may resemble real or mythical figures.

We invite you to join us in defining the nascent practice of contemporary viewing stone display.

Announcing a New book for 2019:

Viewing Stones: Contemporary Approaches to Display

by authors Thomas Elias, Paul Harris, Richard Turner

This new book intends to serve as an exploration of the fundamentals of contemporary viewing stone display. Examples created by the authors, and contributed by invited collectors, will be used to examine the formal and conceptual aspects of contemporary viewing stone display.

Our plan is to integrate your work with ours and that of the other invited participants in a scheme that lays out the basic elements of contemporary viewing stone display, as we understand them, in a fashion that is accessible to both hobbyists and connoisseurs. Each individual voice will speak for itself.

Submission Period:  May 1, 2018 to December 1, 2018

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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 Book Review 推荐书的评

Li Yunsheng. 2016.

Collection of Grand Classics of Famous Stones of Liuzhou

Vol.5. Li Jiang Publishing Company. Guilin. 322 pp. ISBN:  978-7-5407 -7939-9. 480 RMB when published.

This fifth volume of a series that was first published in 2002 firmly established Liuzhou and Guangxi provinces as major centers for modern stone appreciation in China.

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Featured Article  专题

How Philosophy and Folklore Have Influenced Wood Base Styles.

Rounded to ovoid shaped stones, reminiscent of a peach, which has a long and significant history in Chinese culture, are sometimes displayed in bases with definite leaf patterns.

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New! Contemporary Stone Showcase

“The Last Phase”

by Richard Turner

In China viewing stones are sometimes referred to as “the bones of the earth”.


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