Soapstone Lion Carving
Origin: Kisii District in Western Kenya
Size: 11 x 6 x 4 in.
Weight: 2.60 kg
Product Type: One of a kind
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 majestic Soapstone Lion carving is from a batch mined out of the Kisii District in Western Kenya, the inhabitants of Kisii are known as the Abagusii tribe. A number of the Abagusii people have developed a skill in selecting raw stones with naturally distinct White and Rose tones. It is 11" long and would sit beautifully on a mantle, on a bookshelf, or on a coffee table!
The carvings that are created using Soapstone are full of meaning and imagery, this piece is carved into a Lion which signifies primarily strength, authority, and command over subconscious thoughts. The Lion is believed to be a solar animal symbol, whereas the Lioness is considered to be a lunar animal symbol.
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Due to the nature of natural products, color, size, and style may vary slightly from the photos listed.