Tian Huang animal button seal
Tianhuangshi is called "Tianhuang" for short. It is produced under the paddy field on both sides of Shoushan River in Shoushan Township, Fuzhou City. It is yellow and named after it. It is a treasure in the variety of Shoushan stone. In a broad sense, Tianhuang stone refers to "tiankengshi", while in a narrow sense, it refers to the yellow in the Tiankeng stone. In terms of physical properties and arts and crafts, Tianhuang stone is similar to Shoushan stone and has become an independent seal stone variety. Tian Huangshi is a gem of Shoushan stone system, known as "king of ten thousand stones". Since the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it has been regarded as the "king of India stone". For hundreds of years, Tian Huangshi has been loved by Tibetans. As the saying goes, "gold is easy to get, but Tianhuang is hard to get". As early as 1000 years ago, people began to collect it in our country, and Tian Huangshi was famous in the world in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Many high-ranking officials and dignitaries and literati competed to collect Tian Huangshi. It is said that in the early Qing Dynasty, when the emperor offered sacrifices to heaven, one side of God's case could not do without Tian Huangshi. As a result, Tian Huangshi has always been famous and has doubled his value. There was an old saying "one or two Tianhuang and ten taels of gold".
The texture of this stone is P & g. the stone color is thick outside and light inside. It is obviously delicate. The pigment is mainly red and yellow. Its color is warm and lovely, like red orange peel, and red deeper and thicker, like red amber. But it is more gentle and approachable than amber. The veins in the muscle are indistinct like silk, fine and delicate, and the radish pattern is very delicate. Its pure and excellent quality, Congling into frozen, for the most saturated color of field stone, extremely rare, can be said to be the best Tianhuang with good material and shape. Huangshi has only red checkerboard, and the tone of the surface and interior of a piece of Tianhuang stone may change. Therefore, the square seal of Tianhuang stone is of the highest value. When Tian Huangshi was sawn into square chapters, the predecessors called it "Jieshi". The ancients said that "it is difficult to solve the stone than to go up to the blue sky".
This Tian Huang is engraved with "Jiashen August". The year of Jiashen is 1884. The traditional chronology is the 10th year of Emperor Guangxu of Qing Dynasty. Now it is over 100 years.