Category Archives: Types

Lingbi Stone

Place of origin: Lingbi County, Anhui Province Mineral composition: Calcite and other limestones Ranked first among the four types of famous Chinese Scholars Rocks. These are found in Lingbi county of Anhui Province, China. They are fine-grained, delicately textured limestone and lie deep in the red mud of the Qingshi mountains. Naturally shaped, they need no cutting or carving. Depleted after generations of mining, high quality Lingbi are now quite rare. They are hard and an ordinary knife cannot cut them. Their mineral composition is…

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Taihu Stone

Place of origin: Jiangsu, Henan, Guangdong, and Guangxi Provinces Mineral composition: Limestone (calcite) Found mostly in the vast drainage areas of Tai Lake, these limestone rocks are hard but brittle, with slight variations among those taken from lake beds and those extracted on land or from different districts in the surrounding environs. Those formed underwater are more precious, because of their fresh, soft color and their multiple, linked perforations produced from years of wave and water erosion. With their pale gray or ivory tint, Taihu…

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Ying Stone

Place of origin: Yingde County, Guangdong Province, and Guangxi Province Mineral composition: Limestone (calcite) Tradionally produced in Yingde, Guangdong province and in Guanxi province, these rocks are limestone with calcite deposits. less hard than Lingbi, they are often full of furrows with twisted lines on intricately textured surfaces. Notable for their diverse shaped, they appear to embody a thousand hills and valleys, and so are well-suited for representing a far distant landscape. Their typical thin, wrinkled appearance often exhibits traces of sawing and cutting with…

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Mohu Black Ying Stone

Place of origin: Liujiang County, Guangxi Province Mineral composition: Limestones (calcite) Also known as black Ying stones, these are formed by erosion of lake water. Like Taihu stones, they are characterized by their shou (thinness), zhou (wrinkles), lou (hollowness), and tou (transparency), but they are more diverse in shape and with gentle, smooth lines on the surface. In addition, collectors take a great fancy to the pitch black color of Mohu stones. Other Mohu stones have white streaks on the surface; those with many gorgeous…

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Zibowen Stone

Wen rocks are found in Zibo, Shandong province. They are decayed rocks composed of lime, granite or clay stone. Aesthetically wen rocks have a naturalness and antique simplicity. They have a weathered look with dots or crossing lines on the surface and a variety of wrinkled forms. Among this type are aragonite rocks which are usually black and very hard. Wen rocks portray a feeling of “pu.”

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Yellow Wax Stone

Yellow wax rocks are found in many places in China including Guangdong, Guanxi, and Ganxu but not in great quantity. Their gentle shape and smooth texture is neither thin nor perforated, but dense. Composed either of andesite with silica or sandstone, they seem hard as jade. A distinctive feature of yellow wax rocks is their purity of color. Related Images:

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