Qixia (Pronounced see-sha) Chinese scholars rock (Gong shi or Viewing stone). Suggesting a vertical cliff with numerous crevices and caves. Perfectly captured the Zhan energy of the mountain for a hermit to mediate or the cave suggested a wonderful cave palace where the Tao immortals reside in. Variegated dark and light gray and brownish colors with a very rich patina surface. Nicely hand carved flat rosewood fitted stand.
size app: 12” x 5” x 11” with stand.
Shipping weight app: 20lbs.
Qixia stones are excavating from field around the Qixia Mountain in Jiangsu province, near Nanjing, China. Qixia Mountain is famous with the Qixia temple and the Thousand-Buddha Cliff. Due to the new environment protection laws, excavating and picking stones are prohibited. Now the existing Qixia stone becomes rare and scarce.
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."