Stone of the Month 当月赏石 April

“Layers of Time"


The passage of time comes to mind when viewing this stone. A single stone such as this one took thousands of years to form and then existed for hundreds of thousands of years. Our lives seem so fragile and transitory compared to the stone.

Dahua stones are found in the Red River in Dahua County, Guangxi Province in southern China. They typically exhibit distinct layers and often have patterns on the top or sides of the stones. These stones are hard and are naturally smooth due to the abundance of silica dioxide in the stone and the action of sand and gravel washing over them on the river bottom. The color is due to varying levels of iron oxides that were deposited over time. Fine specimens of Dahua stones are highly valued due to their color, texture and composition. They often are blocky in form. This stone is 22 cm wide, 14 cm high, and 13.5 cm deep and in the collection of Tom Elias and Hiromi Nakaoji.

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Viewing Stone Arts of Yunnan

A new book on the viewing stones and stone arts from Yunnan Province in southwestern China. The first book in English on Yunnan stones.  154 pages, hard bound with dust jacket.

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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

Stones in Poetry, a Long Tradition Continued

Attractive or unusual stones in China have been embraced by Chinese literati since the Tang dynasty (618-917 CE)..…

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Featured Book Review 推荐书的评

PRC Education Department. Ed. 2008.

Cang Pin. Getting to Winter, Breeze on Stones.

Special Issue on Stone Appreciation. December, 2008. 228 pp. ISSN: 1671-9956. 48 RMB when published.

This is an important issue of this serial arts journal that has been overlooked…

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Contemporary Stone Showcase


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

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