A small nicely shaped Wuling Chinese scholar's stone (Gong shi or Viewing stone). Suggesting a mountain of dramatic shape with large overhanging areas. The stone sits on a hard wood high stand.
size app: 8” x 5” x 11” with stand.
Shipping weight app: 10 lbs.
Wuling stones are found in Wulingshan (The Wuling Mountains) at the Hunan Province China. Due to remote and difficult access to the area, founding and transporting the stones are very difficult. Nice shaped Wuling stones are very fond of by the stone connoisseur.
In China, collecting Gong-shi (Scholar stone) can be traced back to the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220). Gong-shi is also called viewing stone, Scholar's stone or Suiseki. In the beginning, the larger stones were preferred regarding collection to be used to decorate gardens and courtyards of the upper class and royalty. There are references of some rare and special rocks and stones in poems that date back more than a thousand years ago. In the Tang and Song dynasties the scholars, artists and aristocrats have appreciated the small stones. The smaller size of the stones enabled the Chinese literary to carry indoors to decorate their studies and the scholars were believed the stone from nature is helping for Contemplation, meditating and clear one's mind. In China, there is a saying "a room without a rock or stone would not be elegant."