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Asian Art

Scholar’s Rock

20th century

Baiying stone

33 1/16 × 15 15/16 × 7 1/2 in. (84 × 40.5 × 19 cm)
with base: 39 3/8 × 15 3/4 × 7 1/2 in. (100 × 40 × 19 cm)
Gift of Hu Kemin
Scholar’s rocks are found objects that can be cut or carved, and they were displayed in gardens and homes as early as the Tang dynasty in the seventh century C.E. They became increasingly important accoutrements in studios and gardens after the fourteenth or the fifteenth century and were also depicted in paintings. This dramatically tall example is a ying rock, named for Yingde, a city in central Guangdong Province; this type of stone is also found in neighboring Guangxi.
On view
20th century

Shanghai stone collector; purchased by Hu Kemin in Shanghai in the 1990s; gifted in 2018 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.