Stone of the Month 当月赏石 December

“Heaven's Gate"


The large natural hole in this vertically-oriented Chinese Lingbi stone is unusual for this stone type. That the stone can be rotated and viewed from different angles adds to its interest. This Lingbi stone has the four attributes for excellent stones that were developed by Shu Shi over 900 years ago—shou (thinness), lou (channels), tou (holes), and zhou (wrinkles). Some stone enthusiasts will view this as a scenic landscape stone with a narrow archway; while students of ancient Chinese literature may link it to a poem or ancient classic literature or a natural feature such as heaven's gate in Hunan province or in the Shilin Stone Forest in Yunnan province. The stone without the base is 13.5 cm (5 inches) wide, 30 cm (12 inches) high, and 8 cm (3 inches) deep. A small carved wooden figure added for seasonal interest stands in amazement of this stone.


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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

Bonardi, Alejandro M. 2017.

Suiseki, El Arte de contemplar piedras paisaje.

Idearte Grafica. Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

This new introduction to suiseki—in Spanish by Argentine stone enthusiast Alejandro Bonardi—will stimulate stone appreciation throughout Latin America.

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Featured Article  专题

Japanese Ibi River
Waterfall Stones 

Many of the nice Japanese waterfall and hut stones are from the Ibi River.



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New! Contemporary Stone Showcase

“The Stone and The Phone”

by Richard Turner

This sculpture gently reminds us of our troubled relationship with planet Earth. The stone is from China.


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