Chinese Stones 中文

This section is devoted to the display of images of quality stones used in classical and modern Chinese stone appreciation. Additional new images will be posted regularly to steadily expand the scope to help others to recognize the different types of stones. Each stone type is identified by its English name followed by the Chinese name, and then the pinyin words to aid in pronouncing the Chinese name.


  • Classical 古典

    The stones illustrated here are known to have been collected and appreciated during the Imperial Period of Chinese history. Some of these stones were described in the Yunlin Shipu (Stone Catalog of Cloudy Forest) published almost 900 years ago, while others can be found in the later Suyuan Shipu (Suyuan Stone Catalog) published between 1613 to 1630. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the emerging wealthy merchants began collecting and displaying a wider range of stones. Thus, this board category includes stones from the Tang (618-907 C.E.) through the Qing (1644-1911 C.E.) dynasties


  • Modern 现代

    This section of the Gallery contains stones that were collected and appreciated from 1912 to the present. Stone appreciation culture in China was largely inactive during the Republic of China years and during the early years of the People’s Republic of China. It wasn’t until the late 1970s and 1980s that modern stone appreciation began a robust renewal. By the mid to late 1990s, many new stone types were entering the market place and the suite of stones being collected and enjoyed by millions expanded greatly. Today, over 200 types of stones are sought after by collectors. Many of the more popular types are illustrated in this section of the Gallery.



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