New Arrival

  |  April 24, 2015


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LISTENING STONES!

   Gonshi, or 'spirit stone' on carved base
  Gongshi, or 'spirit stone' on carved hardwood base

In ancient China there lived a famous scholar named “Lazy Yu.” Teacher to the emperor’s first born son, he earned his name by staring at rocks for hours on end. One day, Lazy Yu found the prince staring at a rock outside his studio. “What do you see?” he asked. “Just a stone,” was the reply. Yu was less lazy than patient; his response meant to teach this virtue. “To truly see the stone, you must listen with your eyes,” he said.

To see past the 'stone' of this Gonshi, all one needs to do is listen..  
This gongshi is composed of a rare combination of lingbi stone found only in Lingbi County, Anhui Province, China
 

This week’s New Arrival features a gongshi, also known as a 'spirit stone.' Far from being an ordinary rock, it has a distinct persona shaped by eons of exposure to wind and water. Look closely; one minute you might see an outcropping or cliff, at another a beast of burden taking a break from a lifetime of servitude. It’s impossible to say what Lazy Yu would have seen in this piece, but it’s a certainty he would have listened closely.

    

Gongshi
Lingbi County, Anhui Province,
China
Lingbi stone on carved base
28 W x 15 D x 12 H inches
$6,950

 

Part of a much larger collection of Gongshi – Scholar Rocks and Spirit Stones – available exclusively at PRIMITIVE. For more information or to purchase, please contact a Client Advisor at 312-575-9600 or email info@beprimitive.com.

 

Part of a much larger collection of Gongshi and Scholar Rocks
This 'Spirit Stone' is part of a much larger collection of Gongshi – Scholar Rocks and Spirit Stones –s available exclusively at PRIMITIVE
 
Please contact a Client Advisor for more details, or to make an appointment call 1-312-575-9600
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