Art and Writing
from China

Photo and text courtesy of Yan Jie.

A legend says that in the Liang of Southern Dynasties (502-557) when Master Monk Yunguang was expounding the texts of Buddhism at Jubaoshan Heaven was so moved that it rained flowers. So the colorful pebbles with with beautiful patterns and veins in the mountain are called rain flower pebbles. Rain flower Pebble is a compound of quartzite, flint and agate, and has a popular name rain-flower agate.

Caption: Rain flower pebbles (Nanjing, China)

 

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