Stone of the Month 当月赏石 September

“Boundless Energy”


Most Imperial Chinese literati believed that rocks are the bones of the earth and that the essence of the energy of the heaven-earth world coalesces into rock. That energy can be seen in the folds and movement of the upper half of this water-worn rock from Guangxi province. The lower smoother half provides a stable foundation for the churning energy above. Some may refer to this rock as a Ma’an stone; however, it is synonymous with the better known Caitao stone. It originates in the Liuzhou region of Gunagxi province. This block-shaped stone is 25 cm wide, 18 cm high and 18 cm deep and is in the collection of Tom Elias and Hiromi Nakaoji.



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Classroom  课堂

Welcome to our New “Classroom!”

This section of our website provides an opportunity to learn more about stone appreciation through the use of our new three- to five-minute educational videos and reprints of previously published articles. The Classroom also contains useful information for stone enthusiasts starting with a Guide to Stone Markets in China. Each month, additional videos, articles and other information will be available to help people along on their path to becoming stone connoisseurs.


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Featured Article

Inscribed Stones: An Example

In China it was not unusual for craftsmen to work on an imperfect stone to improve its aesthetic appearance. Records of such 'improvements' date to the 12th century Stone Catalogue of Cloudy Forest where the author describes how certain stones have been altered. Chinese scholar Edward Schafer pointed out that stone aficionados were more interested in a stone appearance and aesthetic features than they were about appreciating natural stones. Some stones had to be severely brushed and cleaned to remove clay adhering to the surface before they could be enjoyed by collectors.

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Featured Book Review

Qu Jun Xiong ed. 2012.

Collection of Grand Classics of Famous Stones of Liuzhou  柳州名石大典 Vol. 4.

 Lingjiang Publishing Company, Guilin. 322 pp. ISBN 978-7-5407-5934-6. 380 RMB when published (in slip case).

This is the fourth in a series of books featuring the famous stones of Liuzhou, the city in Guangxi province where modern Chinese stones appreciation first developed nearly fifty years ago. A full-page color photograph is devoted to each of the 317 stones illustrated in this impressive work. The stones are beautiful, evocative, and can persuade even the most ardent skeptic   why a strong stone appreciation culture developed and continued over hundreds of years.

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June 25-26, 2016

 The Summer Bonsai Festival Predazzo (Trento), Italy

The International Nippon Sakka Kyookai Europe (NBSKE) was created in the year 2000 at the behest of Nippon Bonsai Sakka Kyookai Japan, which identified some European partners deemed suitable to spread the cultivation of the traditional Japanese bonsai tree and appreciation of the ancient bonsai arts to Europe. To accomplish this goal, the Association organizes activities which concern the study of aesthetics and cultivation techniques of the bonsai tree as well as its exhibition in a tokonoma, and the traditional related arts.


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