The Tree：Chinese Scholar's Rocks - Lingbi Stone
Feature：Chinese scholar's rocks (1*) - Lingbi stone (2*)
1* Chinese scholars' rocks, also known as scholar stones or viewing stones, are naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholars. Scholars rocks can be any color, and contrasting colors are not uncommon. The size of the stone can also be quite varied: scholars rocks can weigh either hundreds of pounds or less than one pound. Chinese scholar's rocks influenced the development of Korean suseok and Japanese suiseki.
2* Lingbi stone (Lingbishi) from Lingbi, Anhui province, limestone. Lingbi stone is smooth in textures, rich in assortment, gorgeous in colors and fantastic in shapes and it is quite hardness. Its shapes are wealthy, look like animals, landscapes, birds and ancient beast. With the value of collection and appreciation, many people look upon it as treasure. Lingbi stone has been the “number one stone of china ”, and the first stone of the four Chinese famous stone, in the light of its exquisiteness and long history as well as its rich culture connotation. According to faithful history account, lingbi stone culture was originated in Song dynasty (960-1279) AD13th century, popularized in Ming dynasty and Qing dynasty, in the ancient world, the lingbi stone was deeply loved by emperors as well as scholars and poets, and is collected by the palace museum in Beijing, the stone was also stored in the museum of Britain. At present, in the mainland of china together with Hongkong, Taiwan and Macao, there are many fans of lingbi stone. Every year, numerous fairs for the stone are held both home and abroad, lingbi stone now is stepping into an unprecedented bloom age.
Every individual stone is different in unique figure, because it is the result of reactions chemically and physically after the billion of years, that is also why people cherish, appreciate and collection them because each of them is special, you can never find two same stones, and your imagination will endow the stones with wings, Lingbi stone is a masterpiece of nature, we can view it as poem, or view it as beautiful picture, you can find that every stone has a special beauty.
For more information, visit Shanghai Viewing Stone Collectors' Association