Scholar's Stone, Manchu Cliff
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All Items: Archives:Regional Art:Asian:Chinese: Pre 1910: item # 343707
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|Thin vertical veins in shades of green and white give this Chinese scholar's rock the frozen, glacial feel of its origin, Liaoning Province in Manchuria, just above the border with North Korea. It is a dense, heavy stalactite, always cool to the touch, that resembles a mountain cliff. The mountainous area where it originated is dotted with Taoist monasteries and caves. The period when it was collected as a scholar's rock is less certain than its place of origin but we believe it was near the end of the Qing period, late 19th/early 20th century. It is a handsome piece from any angle. Horizontal layers on one side create interesting sharp shadow patterns; on another side, a wavy fusing of the vertical veins creates a soft melted effect. The stone rests solidly and securely in a plain wood base. Dimensions including base: height 17-1/2" (45 cm), width 5" (13 cm), depth 5" (13 cm).|