PRESENTING a LOVELY 20C Medium Chinese Soapstone Carving .

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

This is a medium/tall green and brown soapstone carving in that it is almost 10 inches tall.

Carved in relief in what appear to be budding roses and a bird of paradise.

It sits on 3 carved footed legs.

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 Medium Chinese Soapstone Carving.

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Estate.

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

Dimensions: 9.75 inches tall, 5.75 inches wide and 3.6 inches deep.

PRICE NOW: $650

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