PRESENTING a LOVELY 20C Chinese Soapstone Polished Ring Dish .

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

This is a polished mottled gray soapstone carving with carved relief handle.

Handle carved in relief in what appear to be flowers and leaves on the branch.

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 Ring Dish .

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Estate.

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

Dimensions: 1 inch tall, 4.5 inches wide and 4.25 inches deep.

PRICE NOW: $350

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