Setting Sun Scholar's Stone
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1910: item # 352054
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|From the Yellow River in China's Gansu Province, this scholar's rock so clearly suggests a large setting or rising sun on the horizon that a viewer at first questions whether this color pattern actually is in the stone. It is, making this rock an unusually striking example of a scholar's stone that looks like a landscape painting. Chinese literati especially liked to meditate on rocks that represented for them a microcosm of the universe. This smooth stone meets the criterion set forth by the 19th century Chinese scholar, Liang Jiutu, who wrote, "If the rock does not seem like a painting by the powers of nature, then you should not choose it." The orb on the horizon line is made more realistic by its yellow center surrounded by an orange outer circle. The line representing the horizon is seen as well on the sides and back of the stone. A wood stand, probably a replacement, with a shaped and beaded base, securely supports this very heavy, dense stone. This is a rock that invites touch, and it is worn quite smooth, with a slight depression in the top. We place the probable collection time of this stone during the late Qing Dynasty. Dimensions including stand: height 9" (23 cm), width 11-1/2" (29 cm), depth 3-1/4" (8 cm).|