Braided Weave - Niger Bend Soapstone Trinket Decor Jar With Lid
Soapstone is a soft rock that is capable of being carved and etched to great deal without fracturing.
A Symbol of both aesthetics and talent, by Vietnamese workers. Mined from the mountains of Quang Ninh, these soapstone products were designed, carved, buffed, and painted to produce a complete masterpiece. Each of these products consist of a variety of colors and shades, lines and curves, shapes and sizes which are handled with care by many different artisans. Every product takes hours to finish and ultimately become finally become one of a kind pieces. Therefore, soapstone products are truly a one of-a-kind character of Vietnam you cannot find anywhere else.
This soapstone jar is of a variety called “painted” meaning the majority (background) is painted. Sometimes it may appear that there are blemishes on top of the paint, however this is due to the artists using a very thin pain that still allows the variation of the natural soapstone to show through, giving it more character. The design is 3D, thus protrudes out of the jar to give it a lifelike design and feel. This is of our braided weave designs, meant to replicate that of a real braided rope. Carving this pattern into the soapstone is very time consuming since it has rounded edges and cannot be guided with other tools. Thus the sculptor must be very careful to maintain perfect symmetry which is very tedious, requiring patience and skill of a true sculpting professional.
Though it is rock, the soapstone is fragile and will break if it is dropped. It will be shipped to you in a box surrounded by bubble-wrap to ensure its safety.
This sculpture measures 11cm x 11cm.