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"Charm of a Verdant Peak" is reproduced from

Enter the Year of the Dragon with ‘Cultivated Stones’

“On first encounter, Chinese scholars’ rocks perplex,” Phillip E. Bloom writes in the National Bonsai Foundation's enlightening study, Cultivated Stones: Chinese Scholars' Rocks from the Kemin Hu Collection. “Though composed of solid stone, they may appear to billow like clouds or dance like flames; though viewed atop stands or tables, they may evoke snowcapped mountains or turbulent seas, ferocious beasts or tranquil vistas. When tapped with a mallet—or even a fingernail—they may resonate like bells or tinkle like chimes. A good rock encourages close looking, inviting viewers to explore its wrinkles and crevices, to become lost among its peaks and holes, to embrace its alluring strangeness. One quickly becomes bewildered: ‘What is this odd thing that I am viewing? Why does it exert such a pull on me? What is so appealing about its weirdness?’" Featured here is the Hubei Province turquoise scholars' rock "Charm of a Verdant Peak," reflecting a classic cloud shape.

Cultivated Stones: Chinese Scholars' Rocks from the Kemin Hu Collection

Cultivated Stones: Chinese Scholars' Rocks from the Kemin Hu Collection

The National Bonsai Foundation
Hbk, 11.5 x 11 in. / 148 pgs / 167 color / 1 b&w.

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