ST-06002 Lu-mu-ge steatite with design of Zhong Kui, Fuzhou in China
Height (including stand): 32 cm, Thickness: 9 cm, Weight (excluding stand): 5040g.


Lu-mu-ge steatite is produced from Du-cheng-keng col of southeastern Shoushan village in Fuzhou city of Fujian province.  Lu-mu-ge steatite is one of precious Shoushan stones in category of mountain pit. Stone from mountain pit has greatness of hue, texture, and quality.  

There are two sorts of production as follows. One is from pit and the other is by digging. The Lu-mu-ge stone from pit has alternate color of yellow and red with stone skin.  Bright quality contains some black and yellow dots in texture. The other Lu-mu-ge stone from digging is a massy and single stone buried underground for long. This stone has moist quality and transparent stone skin of yellow color. Its texture presents dark yellow with some furry veins.  

The best color of Lu-mu-ge stone is loquat yellow. Lu-mu-ge stones with pure hue are rare, but there are many colors, such as red, black, green, orangey yellow, cream yellow, and so on.


This Lu-mu-ge steatite is designed as Zhong Kui, who is a figure of Chinese mythology and traditionally regarded as a vanquisher of ghosts and evil beings. His image is used for driving out evil spirits and bringing good fortune. His left hand holds a fan written with four characters ԤQu-Xie-Na-FuԬ (Keeping away evil and storing fortune), and right hand holds a treasured sword. There is also a worn-out umbrella on his back and a sheet of paper with writing of Ji-Xiang-Ru-Yi (Good fortune as one wish) over his head. There are three imps and valuables around Zhong Kui. Lively and natural Zhong Kui shows waved beard and glare look. His image is awe-inspiring, powerful, and bold. His dress is decorated with double coins, bat, auspicious cloud, dragon, chrysanthemum, and so on.



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