The World in the Hole:Chinese Scholar's Rocks - Gobi Stone

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Feature:Chinese scholar's rocks (1*) - Gobi Stone (2*)
Collector:Ding Shunxing
Source:Private collection
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* Gobi stone (or Gebi shi), named for its production in the Gobi Desert. It has no systematic classification and unified name, and can be divided into the following categories: agate, jasper, chalcedony, fossil and desert varnish, and the symbiosis of the above stone species. There are also dreikanter, melaleuca stone, desert rose stone, muddy tuberculosis stone, chicken bone stone, wood fossil and so on.


For more information, visit Shanghai Viewing Stone Collectors' Association