Original Chinese Language Article By: http://www.backchina.com
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
Recently, a 22 year young woman named Fan Biyue (范碧月) found a stone near the Wei River, which carries a likeness of the Bolshevik Leader – Vladimir Lenin. This stone has attracted an offer of 1.2 million yuan from a collector – but Fan Biyue has refused to part with her find.
Fan Biyue is a junior student at the Baoji Vocational and Technical College in Shaanxi province. As well as painting stones, Fan Biyue likes to collect stones, and has had some very interesting finds from the banks of the Wei River – particularly after flood-waters have subsided. On the 16th of April, 2015, Fan Biyue discovered a stone containing what looks like an impression of the head of Vladimir Lenin. Others in the stone collecting trade have offered 1.2 million yuan for this stone – but Fan Biyue has refused to part with it.
Reporters who met Fan Biyue state that the stone is about 10cm in diameter, and appears to show a side-on portrait of Vladimir Lenin. Fan Biyue said: ‘Since finding this stone, a number of people have said that the impression does not look like Lenin because it has no beard, but after carrying-out research, I learned that the young Lenin had no beard. Once I confirmed this, everything fell into place, as the clothing and collars that Lenin often wore look exactly the same as the impression on the stone.’
Mr Wang Bingfu (王炳福) is 80 years old, and after 20 years of collecting stones, is a respected leader in the province of the Ornamental Stone Collector’s Association. He stated: ‘This young lady has found an extra-ordinary stone that she values. However, she appreciates it as an aesthetically pleasing piece of art and is unwilling to part with it for money. Fan Biyue is a good example of a pioneering spirit that is unmoved by offers of money. I am aware of her find because she sent me a photograph of the stone and I suggested the impression does indeed look like that of Vladimir Lenin after research on my part, comparing the image with actual photographs of Lenin. The stone impression exactly matches a number of side-on Lenin portraits.’
When asked what she intends to do with the stone – Fan Biyue stated that she will make it part of her own collection and strive to preserve its structure.
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.
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