Soapstone is a talc-schist, a type of metamorphic rock that is largely composed of talc is rich in magnesium. Because of the high talc content, soapstone is relatively soft making it ideal for carving. The name "Soapstone" comes from the soapy feel of the stone once carved, polished, and waxed.
This soapstone piece was hand carved, painted and etched in Kenya. The rosy and black washes give the piece a subtle contrast for the etching to show through, but not dominate the piece. It would make a great candle stick for an altar, home or office decor.
The carvings that are created using Soapstone are full of meaning and imagery. Soapstone is believed to create positive energy around itself and in the area it inhabits. It is thought to help you give up thought patterns that are harmful, and help you to flow with life.
You are purchasing the exact piece in the photographs, an artisanal hand-carved piece from Kenya.
Due to the nature of natural products, color, size, and style may vary slightly from the photos listed.