Stone of the Month 当月赏石 July
This stone has an outstanding shape and is very attractive to all viewers in any exhibition. It is an excellent piece of art which gives a strong visual and emotional statement to all viewers. The stone is reminiscent of a famous Henry Moore stone sculpture which has a Mohs hardness of 4-5. However, this viewing stone has a Mohs hardness of 6 & above. Generally, there is a direct relationship between the hardness and shape of a stone. In other words, the harder the stone, the more unlikely it is to have a favorable shape. This particular stone is not only hard but also has an excellent shape, a combination that is difficult to find. The shape of this stone resembles a gigantic wave in motion engulfing viewers and hitting against their feelings like waves hitting a beach. The outer surface of this stone has visible “water” lines and curling motion which gives a strong feel of a wave. The inner surface of the stone has varying ripples and lines. Therefore, although this stone looks simple and smooth, it is indeed a very interesting stone for viewing. This stone has an adequate thickness and has silky smooth and yet strong lines. This stone can be viewed from many angles. For example, the back of stone looks like a long hat while other angles look like an eagle or a killer whale. It is 37 cm wide, 45 cm high and 23 cm deep and was found in the Ti Ti River, Pahang, Malaysia. It is in the private collection of Dr. Zhang Guo Shun.
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Worked versus Unworked Stones
There is a perception among many Western stone collectors that a worked stone, one that has been altered in any way, is inferior and that it fails to follow Asian principles for acceptable viewing stones. Some Western collectors even believe that there is a degree of deception involved in worked stones. This is a naïve belief that is not supported by the Asian literature or practices. Certainly, most collectors prefer a stone that is totally natural and formed by elements of nature. These stones are rare and cannot be supplied in sufficient numbers to meet the demand for unusual and attractive stones to be used as objects of admiration and appreciation. Also, Western perceptions often do not take into consideration Chinese views and beliefs concerning worked stones.
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Elementary Encyclopedia to Balin Stone Collection.
Chemical Industry Publishing Co. Beijing. ISBN 978-7-122-19837-2. 296 pp. 98 RMB when published.
Chinese stones, natural and altered, have been appreciated as art objects for thousands of years. Some of these stones have served as the medium for art objects to be created through different forms of carving. This book provides readers with a thorough review of one of the most commonly used stones for carving—Balin. Balin stone is used for making seals for stamping, beads for necklaces, and for intricate works of art. The stone, agalmatolite, originates from Mt. Yamatu in the Balin Right Banner in Inner Mongolia. It is soft, waxy, and comes in various colors.
May 27 - June 4 2016
Stone Exhibition at the Royal Floria Putrajaya 2016
This year, the Malaysian Bonsai and Suiseki Society participated for the first time in the Royal Floria Festival, the largest flower and garden festival in Malaysia, held in the city of Putrajaya. This year’s festival, the ninth, was held from May 27 to June 4, 2016 in the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden in Putrajaya and was attended by an estimated one million people from throughout southeastern Asia.