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Three Peak, Three Layer Mountain, Wen Stone

Joseph and Jana Roussel Collection, France

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This month’s Stone of the Month is a Wen stone from Joseph and Jana Roussel’s collection.  The Roussels focus on Chinese stones and have greatly benefited from the teaching of leading expert Kemin HU.  They have shared their love of stones through workshops including at the Guimet, France’s National Asian Art museum.

 

 

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10cm wide 4cm high 5cm deep (with stand)


This month’s Stone of the Month is a Wen stone from Joseph and Jana Roussel’s collection.  The Roussels focus on Chinese stones and have greatly benefited from the teaching of leading expert Kemin HU.  They have shared their love of stones through workshops including at the Guimet, France’s National Asian Art museum.
This month’s stone was found at a New York dealer with two other small stones and originates from China’s Shandong Province.  The stone is a miniature mountain.  Joseph comments: We call this stone “Three Peak, Three Layer Mountain” because of its wonderful textures which change as you move from bottom to top.  Dark grey at the bottom, caramel in the middle and brown at the top, its three layers fascinate the eye. Its rough surface is covered in fine wrinkles that evoke great age.
This small stone can easily fit in your hand yet still has the power to represent a mighty mountain range.  The scholar and poet and rock aficionado Bai Juyi (772-846) wrote in his essay Taihu Rocks “… you can see at a glance a hundred hills spread over a thousand li in a rock the size of a fist.”  Rocks with this power connect us with nature and can rightly be called marvelous stones.

Photography by Laura Mah