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Chinese Scholar’s rock used as a brush stand

CHINESE
Scholar’s rock used as a brush stand (early 19th century)

By contemplating fantastic rocks or mountains in miniature, scholars were transported in imagination to the wilds of nature. This scholar’s rock was detached from the wall or ceiling of a cave and then displayed as a work of art. Shaped by wind and water, this spectacular rock is expressive of the creative force (qi ) of nature.