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In China, Chinese Scholars' Rocks or Spirit Stones are called Gongshi. Naturally formed or "sculptured" stones in surprising shapes and textures, Gongshi have been appreciated by Chinese connoisseurs for more than a thousand years. To the Chinese scholars, these rocks represented a focus for meditation of religious or philosophic principles and served for contemplation prior to writing poems or painting. Above all, these rocks are admired for surfaces that suggest great age, forceful profiles that evoke visions of the majestic nature, overlapping layers or planes that impart depth, and perforations that create rhythmic, harmonious patterns.
Kemin Hu, author of The Spirit of Gongshi and several other books, shares a similar passion for scholars’ rocks and is at the forefront of the study of scholars’ rocks. Kemin was stirred to an appreciation of scholars’ stones by her father, a noted connoisseur of Chinese antiquities. She became an authority on scholars’ stones through her long career as a dealer and collector.