Common Western Classifications |
Scholar's Rocks are classified by the place of their origin -- either from that specific area or similar to rocks found in that area.
CLASSIFICATION BY PLACE OF ORIGIN
OTHER CHINESE ROCK PREFERENCES
- Lingbishi - Lingbi, Anhui province. Original cave rocks are dark gray or black. All colors and types. Surfaces grooved, channeled from erosion. Black limestone; medium gray limestone eroded with no perforations; buff limestone; green limestone with peaks, grottos, stalctites and stalagmites. Darkest in color are most admired. Some have traces of red clay in bases, resonance.
- Taihushi - Lake Tai, Jiangsu province. Wuxi, Zheijiang province. White or black limestone, perforated with erosion. Swiss cheese appearance with many holes, lighter in color than Lingbi or Ying Shih.
- Yingshi or Yingdeshi - Yingde, Guangdong province. Surface dimpled and pock-marked. Black limestone perforated with peaks; dark gray Ying limestone. Ying-shih rocks; dark gray limestone, grooved or channeled.
- Qilianshi - Mount Qilian, Gansu province. Black limestone.
- Zhauqingshi - Zhauqing, Guangdong province. Off-white limestone with perforations.
- Shoushanshi - Shoushan, Fujian province. Yellowish soapstone or golden silica in the form of quartz. Three catagories (according to source): field, water, or mountain deposits. Sometimes divided based on color and internal markings.
- Changhuashi - Changhua, Zheijiang province. Soapstone.
- Huanglashi - Guangdong or Guangxi province. Yellow wax stone, surface appears melted; or with naturally polished resembling wax. Collected in riverbeds. Possibly jasper.
- Hongheshi - Guangxi province. Quartz stones found in the Red River, Guanxi province
- Muhuashi - Zhejiang province. Petrified wood, hard and retains appearance of original wood.
- Juhuashi - Yung river, Hunan province. Chrysanthemum stones.
- Dalishi - Marble.
- Duanshi - duan stones.
- Kongqushi - Malachite.
- Laoshan Lushi - Laoshan green stones.
- Lusongshi - Turquoise.
- Qixiashi - Qixia stones.
- Shoushanshi - Soapstones.
- Xuanshi - Xuan stones.
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