Malaysian Suiseki and Viewing Stone – Yellow Wax Stone

Viewing stone and suiseki enthusiasts may be familiar with Chinese Yellow Wax stones(黄蜡石), a type of yellow to brownish yellow hard stone with wax-like, lustrous surface textures. These stones are also found in several South East Asian countries. To learn more about Yellow Wax stone, see Tom Elias‘s excellent article on the subject in 2011 Q4 issue of the BCI magazine.

The followings are Malaysian Yellow Wax stones from  my collection and from my best friend, David Goh’s collection, in Penang, Malaysia.  David and I have been friends for over forty years. Malaysian Yellow Wax stones are found in the state of Kedah, and are called Kedah Yellow Wax Stones (吉打黄蜡石). Their main composition is quartzite, the yellow color varies depending on the amount of iron oxide impurities in the quartz.

David’s Kedah Yellow Wax stones:


A swirl of multi-colors.




Color variations from yellow to brownish yellow.


Intertwined with black basalt.



Malaysians also use the Chinese classification system to categorize Kedah Yellow Wax stones such as a “Frozen Wax Stone” (冻腊) which has an unctuous like surface texture.


A Frozen Wax Stone


Back side of the stone.

My Kedah Yellow Wax stones:


Width, height and depth:  6 x 5  1/ 2 x 3 1/2″.


Got this one from an aquarium store in Penang. Sold by weight for about $3, a steal! 8 x 3 3/4 x 6″.


A gift from Mr. Ong Wah Peng, another Malaysian suiseki enthusiast. Great patina!                               6 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 5 1/2″.


Looks like an alligator or an animal head.                 7 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3″.


Gift from David Goh when I recently visited him. A combination of “Yellow Wax” quartz and black basalt, 5 1/2 x 5 x 3/1/4″

I need to make daiza for these stones! Have procrastinated for too long.


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