A very rare Ying Stone. Traditionally produced in Yingde, Guangdong province and in Guanxi province, these rocks are limestone with calcite deposits. Less hard than Lingbi, they are often full of furrows with twisted lines on intricately textured surfaces. They appear to embody a thousand hills and valleys, and are well-suited for representing a far distant landscape. The typical thin, wrinkled appearance often exhibits traces of sawing and cutting with distinguishable front and reverse sides. This Scholar’s stone is especially rare as it doubles for a Buddhist grotto carved from the rock face and mimics the many Buddhist grotto's of the southern provinces of China. The Buddha is 1.75" high and micro-carved in high detail and is not an insert. The stone is naturally well worn from handling and the style of execution reflects an early period, we date this to the 18th century. In excellent condition, the stone measures 6.5" high x 4" wide at the base and weighs 1 lb 6 oz.