"Moon Gate" Lingbi Scholar' Stone Scholars' Stone

c. 1850
W: 12.5" D: 6.0" H: 13.5"
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Sourced from China's Anhui province, long the subject of classical paintings and poems, this fantastically shaped stone once held pride of place in a scholar’s studio. Shaped by river currents, this stone has dissolved and re-solidified over time, resulting in evocative hollows, gnarls, and a fluid appearance. The scholar who contemplated this stone’s arched, open form and organic texture would have certainly made the visual connection to a moon gate, an ancient Chinese landscape element rich in symbolism. A hand-carved hardwood base completes the circle and ripples in harmonious response to the stone’s dynamic form.

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