Stone of the Month 当月赏石 June

“Resting Buddha”

by Igor Barta

This stone creates a feeling of peacefulness, even tranquility, as Buddha in a resting or contemplative mood. The largely brown color with black undertones gives this figure stone a sense of age. This viewing stone from the Czech Republic was collected by and is owned by Igor Barta. It is a sandstone with high iron content, likely in the form of iron oxides. The slow oxidation of the iron creates the brownish color.  Stones of this type occur in the Česká Lípa and podještědí regions in the Czech Republic during ancient Tertiary volcanic activity when molten rock and hot solutions infiltrated sandstones.

This stone was selected as the stone of the month to illustrate the range of stone types that can yield high quality viewing stones. It is 18 x 9 x 8 cm. Go to the gallery section of this site to see additional stones from the Czech Republic.


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Classroom  课堂

Welcome to our New “Classroom!”

This section provides an opportunity to learn more about stone appreciation through the use of our new videos and published articles. The Classroom also contains useful information for stone enthusiasts starting with a Guide to Stone Markets and Shops in China and Japan. 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 Book Review 推荐书的评

Lu Shundong. 2016.

Chinese Viewing Stones. Grand Illustrations of Excellent Stones.

Baozang Magazine Publications. 247 pages. No ISBN. Slipcase. 280 RMB when published.

This elegant, large-format (28.5 x 28.5 cm) volume illustrates over 200 excellent stones from throughout China

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Featured Article  专题

Stones at the 2018 Combined European Conventions

Text and photos by Daniela Schifano

For three decades, Arcobonsai Club Garda Trentino has organized the Arcobonsai Exhibition, from May 4-6 in the Municipal Casino of Arco,

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New! Contemporary Stone Showcase

“Adam—in the Hand of Gods”

This arrangement by Christoph Daim (Austria) adapts the conventions of the museum to viewing stone display.


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