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    This unusual dark, almost black, carved old stone plaque was part of a building wall. It depicts a scenery of various buildings and pavilions, several different kinds of trees and rocks, as well as bridges, steps, and paths. The four characters in the middle, which one could barely see, read “Shui-Xi spring delight”. “Shui” is water, “Xi” is west. This “Shui- Xi”might be the “Shui- Xi village” , west of the old Tien-Jin city and the south shore of the Nan-Yuan-He South Channel, a famous private cluster of old Chinese gardens and buildings created by a wealthy merchant, “Cha” family, who prospered from selling salt, in 1700's. Apparently, it was so beautiful, not only it had attracted many writers and artists, Qian-Long Emperor also visited this place four times. Some literature researchers thought that the various landscape scenes in the famous classic “Dream of the Red Chamber” might have a tie with Shui-Xi village as the Cha family and the family of the author of the book were very close. During the Daoguang period (1821-1850), this village was partially rebuilt and a “Plum Blossom Poetry Club” was formed. Unfortunately, this site was later destroyed and rebuilt with other modern buildings. (Source from https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh/水西庄)

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  • #STN-023(Pair)

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  • #STN-027 Ancient Carved Stone Hitching Post

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    An interesting ancient stone hitching post carved with a group of figures including a foreign soldier, a demon like face or fu-lion, and what looks like a puppy, a baby lion, or a monkey.

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  • #STN-038 Ming Dynasty Stone Hitching Post with A Carved Monkey

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    This ancient stone hitching post was used to rope a horse by the traveling military personnel or any traveler during the ancient time when stopping to take a break or to stay overnight at a tavern. In the museums in Shanxi province and other areas, one can see some of the stone hitching posts with various different carved motifs like the ones in Shen's Special Collection. The original posts were usually much taller. One sees the timeless beauty and the cultural back ground of these beautiful stone carvings in the sculptural form. Shown here is a human-like monkey or a gorilla on the top of the post. Monkey is a popular motif in Chinese stone art from the Ming Dynasty. One associates it with loyalty and wisdom through the personified monkey figure presented in the literature classic "Xi Yuo Ji (The West Bound Journey)" which describes the journey of the Tang-Sun-Tzang monk who went to India and brought back the Buddhist scripts to China during the 7th century. Hence, the Buddhism was introduced to China.

  • #STN-039 A Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Stone Hitching Post

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    A Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) stone hitching post carved with a mother Fu-lion and a young Fu-lion crawling on her back. A stone hitching post was used to rope a horse by the traveling military personnel or any traveler during the ancient time when stopping to take a break or to stay overnight at a tavern.

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