Misty River Bank with Sweet-Smelling Trees
長 5.11 x 寬 4.89 x 高 6.45 cm 重 308.8 g
In Lodge for the Night in Huangzhou, Wang Cheng, one of the ten gifted Fujian scholars of the Ming Dynasty, is spending the night on a river boat when he catches sight of a hazy mist upon the river bank of aromatic trees. Suddenly, the poet finds himself lost under a thick blanket of fog. He is unable to distinguish between the scene of the river bank and trees being shrouded by mist and the scene of trees and mist surrounded by the river bank. Watching from the boat, the poet lays his eyes on the trees at the river bank. They are bathed in faint moonlight, filtering through the mist like a thin veil covering the trees. In this special moment, the poet seems to miraculously transform himself into becoming a part of the surrounding scenery while exclaming delight at the landscape of the river and the river bank which are in a state of perfect harmony.
The surface of this stone works ingeniously with this poetic image. The boat is surrounded by the wellbranched trees and dense fog. Viewed from any angle, this art piece instantly portrays the poem's spirit that nature and man are one. Moreover, this Tianhuang stone is very rich in color with fine graining and a clear texture. It has a sheen of reddish, tangerine-yellow color and weights 308.8 grams without impurities. The stone prominently demonstrates the combination of masterful carving, poetic imagery, and natural physical beauty.