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

lingbi rock, wood
(a-b) 27.5 × 27.0 × 19.0 cm irreg. (overall)
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, NGV Supporters of Asian Art and Karen and Leon Wender in memory of Ross Stretton, 2013
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
This eccentric rock on the wooden stand creates a scene of a miniature mountain. It is called penjing盆景 in Chinese, meaning a scene created in a pot. Penjing盆景, pot with miniature trees and rockery is also evocative of a scene in nature. This sculptural rock is also evocative of a mountain range with rising and falling peaks and the Chinese character shan 山meaning mountain symbolizing three peaks in a mountain.