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A picture stone is also known as a pattern stone or painting stone. The patterns on the stone are composed of various textures, lines and colours. The pattern composition is rich and varied, and this type of stone has become popular for collectors. Picture stones are mainly ornamental, and by appreciating them, viewers may increase their abilities in aesthetics appreciation. Collectors often seek picture stones with spiritual significance and internal connotations. Picture stones are widespread throughout China in the gravel layers of rivers, lakes and swamps and in the gobi, deserts, pluvial layers, talus accumulation layers, colluvial layers, pebble beaches and coastal areas. Collectors may find unexpected surprises in these sites (Fig. 18).
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