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Gongshi - Chinese Scholar's Rocks or Spirit Stones

In China, Chinese Scholar's Rocks or Spirit Stones are called Gongshi. Historically Gongshi has been appreciated by Chinese connoisseurs for more than a thousand years. As early as the Tang dynasty (618-907AD), scholars, officials and persons of refined tastes began appreciating their unusual forms by placing in their studios for indoor viewing smaller sized rare rocks formerly used in outdoor gardens. They were also presented as tribute objects to emperors and were transported to Japan and Korea.

Chinese Scholar's Rocks - Great information on this site about the different chinese Gongshi.

The Viewing Stone - this website has a lot of information about Scholar Rocks fron China, Korea and Japan.

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