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$ 5,800

Chinese Scholar Rock Yellow Taihu Stone on Wood Stand

Origin China
Period 1900-1919
Materials stone and wood stand
W. 7 in; H. 23.4 in; D. 5.5 in;
W. 17.78 cm; H. 59.44 cm; D. 13.97 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Natural stone with irregular surface, no damages.
Creation Date early 20th century
Description This is a slender Taihu scholar rock in an upright form displayed on a custom wood stand. Wonderful and well-balanced form, the rock has a nearly mirage image between the front and the back. It is of an uncommon waxy yellow color with black deposits nicely mixed into the residual deposits from the erosion Being under the flowing water for millennium, the surface has been deeply polished and weathered, and is now mostly smooth yet still maintains some slightly rugged edges and points at places. Many grottoes puncture and permeate the piece, interlinking and window-like, creating interesting negative spaces for a meditative mind. A remarkable work of art created by mother nature.
Stones such as this from Taihu lake was among the four famous stones since ancient time in China. They have been collected and prized by Chinese scholars since Tang dynasty when using them in garden came in vogue. Later on smaller pieces like this one were displayed in the scholar's private study serving as a mini form of nature for meditation. In China, they are also known as Gongshi "worshipped stone" and in the west, known also as Spirit Stone. With their exotic shape with and curious cavities and surface texture, these stones were highly appreciated as an inspiration to contain the nature in human's adobe.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Abstract, Geometric, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 459392
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