The OP posted a very interesting specimen. It is his thread and we are anxious to discuss his stone.
Your rocks are cool. You seem to have a story to tell about them. I would love to discuss them with you in another thread over in the Rocks and Minerals section.
Bob, are you saying no to similar formations collected in China, or just that it’s not a meteorite? The lake rocks are terrestrial the ones in museums and around the forbidden city being highly prized in China they would also be collected elsewhere in the Middle East as well as copies.
I’ve seen rocks in shops and museums in China that look very similar to the one you posted, the color varies by the type of mineral and location of the deposit and some can be very valuable. Of course it’s difficult to tell from a photo and I’m not familiar beyond seeing these a few times but could this be something similar?