ST-06003 Lu-mu-ge steatite with design of Zhong Kui, modern work.
Height: 36cm, Diameter: 23cm, Thickness: 11cm, Weight (excluding stand): 8860g.


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 stone in category of mountain pit. Stone from mountain pit has greatness of hue, grain, 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 period. This stone has moist quality and transparent stone skin of yellow color. Its texture presents dark yellow with some furry veins.  

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 right hand holds a fan written with four characters Qu-Xie-Na-Fu (Keeping away evil and storing fortune), and left hand enchains an imp. There is also a sheet of paper with writing of Ji-Xiang-Ru-Yi (Good fortune as one wish) on the side of left shoulder.

Lively and natural Zhong Kui shows waved beard and glare look. His awe-inspiring boldness drives out evil spirits and brings good luck.

Besides, Zhong Kui is surrounded by six imps. One imp is enchained by his left hand. On Zhong Kui’s head, there are two imps holding straw mat and carrying cloth wrapper on shoulders. There are other two imps standing on Zhong Kui’s left side and holding coins and gold ingots. The last imp is standing on the side of right foot and holding ruyi in both hands.  

These six imps contain one new imp who is enchained and other five imps who are prostrated and directing road.

Dress of Zhong Kui is decorated with double coins, bat, auspicious cloud, dragon, chrysanthemum, and so on.


This steatite has traits of moistness, dark brown skin, inner slice veins, and texture of yellow, red, or dark umber color. Part of stone skin presents transparent quality.



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