Fang Zonggui in Shoushanshi zhi [Records of Shoushan Stone], Fuzhou, 1982, pp. 77-78, notes that Zhou’s works were always prized in artistic circles and that he used the Chinese painting concept of xieyi ('idea painting') in carving landscapes, flowers, pines, and bamboo. Amongst his carvings are a series of small figural sculptures, usually seated on elaborate cushions or rockwork bases, of which several have survived; see a tianhuang carving of Maitreya, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in Zhongguo meishu quanji [The complete collection of Chinese art], vol. 6, Beijing, 1988, pl. 158; and a figure of Guanyin in a grotto, included in the exhibition Arts from the Scholar’s Studio, op. cit., cat. no. 165, together with a soapstone luohan, cat. no. 44, sold in these rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 136.
Other carvings by Zhou include a luohan fashioned in stone, in the National Museum of History, Beijing, published in Zhongguo wenwu jinghua daquan: Jin yin yu shi juan [Complete series on the finest cultural relics of China: gold, silver, jade and stone volume], Hong Kong, 1994, p. 83, pl. 242; and a baifurong figure of Maitreya, sold at Bonhams Hong Kong, 25th May 2011, lot 208.
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