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 graceful Soapstone carving is mined from a batch 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. This particular carving shows off those soft tones very well, and depicts a thinking individual. This carving would make an incredible birthday or anniversary gift!
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.