squat upright shape of horizontal, massed volumes with horizontal striations with an overhang to the front; stone dense and resonate with distinct underlying greenish tinge with lighter green veining and some buff striations

Scholar's Rock, 18th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

Lao-shan stoneexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2007.83.2

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In China, this type of stone is typically called Lao-shan hai ti yu (Lao-shan jade from the ocean floor) or simply Lao-shan lu shih (Lao-shan green stone). Such stones are composed of serpentine and were retrieved from the waters off the coast of Mount Lao, northeast of Ch'ing tao in Shantung province. Lao-shan stones are usually deep green in color with black veining. Appreciated for its resemblance to dark green jade (nephrite), Lao-shan stones were popularized during the Ch'ing period by the painter and calligrapher, Lao Feng han (1683-1749). A noted collector of scholar rocks, Gao, born and raised in Shantung, spent his last decade at his ancestral home researching and collecting products of his homeland including Lao-shan stones.

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Title
Scholar's Rock
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Artist
Accession Number
2007.83.2
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squat upright shape of horizontal, massed volumes with horizontal striations with an overhang to the front; stone dense and resonate with distinct underlying greenish tinge with lighter green veining and some buff striations