翻尾石鱼 Roll-Tailed Stone Fish2017-07-26
翻尾石鱼 Roll-Tailed Stone Fish
Name: Roll-Tailed Stone Fish
Location: West of WeiMing Lake
Category: Stone Sculpture
The stone fish was carved by tawny fine stone. The fish is 165 centimeters in length, 87centimeters high and the lower fish maw is 90 centimeters in width. The upper fish mouth is 42 cengtimeters wide. The fish is located in the centre of Haitang-type fountain and it can blow more than 10-meter high water column.
The stones were relics of Yuanmingyuan with peculiar model, squamous flowers body and upturned mouth, which belongs to western sculpture art. In 1860 when Yuanmingyuan was fired, the fish was sold. Afterwards, it was bought by ZaiTao and placed in Lang-Yun Yuan for many years. According to Yenching News and Pingxi Newspaper, stone fish was purchased by graduates of Yenching University in 1930 as a gift to the school and placed near the WeiMing Lake.
During the Cultural Revolution, the fish encountered misfortune that it was pushed to lake. After “the gang of four” was broken down, in the summer of 1981, when the lake was dried, the fish appeared again. But unfortunately, the tail and mouth were destroyed. The school tried every means to mend it as its original appearance. Now it’s placed near the west of the WeiMing Lake. It looks like that the fish keeps the shadow of the tower in mouth.