PRESENTING a LOVELY 20C Chinese Soapstone Polished Bowl.

Made in China in the early 20th Century circa 1930.

This is a medium sized jade green and brown soapstone hand carved and highly polished bowl.

In very good original condition with no chips cracks or losses.

Soapstone (also known as steatite or soaprock) is a talcschist, which is a type of metamorphic rock. It is composed largely of the magnesium rich mineral talc. It is produced by dynamothermal metamorphism and metasomatism, which occur in the zones where tectonic plates are subducted, changing rocks by heat and pressure, with influx of fluids, but without melting. It has been a medium for carving for thousands of years.

During the Spring and Autumn Period (771–476 BC), soapstone was carved into ceremonial knives. Soapstone was also used to carve Chinese seals.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapstone#South_Asia

20C Chinese Soapstone Polished Bowl .

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Estate.

Condition: In very good original condition with no chips cracks or losses.

Dimensions: 1.8 inches tall with a Diameter of 4.8 inches.

PRICE NOW: $350

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