grey with white streaks; lines throughout carved into surface; attached to red wood stand

Scholar's Rock, 19th century

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This intricately wrinkled and textured ying stone is a classic example of a "distant view mountain" rock. Deep crevices traverse the rock's middle giving it the impression of several mountain peaks separated by gorges. The white calcite inclusion approximates the look of a mountain glacier. Miniature mountain landscapes form a sub-category of scholar's rocks. More reflective of the natural environment than the dramatically convoluted and perforated ling-pi and tai-hu scholar's rocks, they were perfect for studios that lacked views of a distant landscape.

Details
Title
Scholar's Rock
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2003.171.2
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grey with white streaks; lines throughout carved into surface; attached to red wood stand