Solid Hand-Carved Soapstone Vietnamese Landscape Pink Vase
This is a pair of traditional, extremely intricately hand-carved Vietnamese vases. Although in Vietnam these are more commonly used in pairs we sell them individually. The color of soapstone varies a lot but by far the most common color is white, in different shades, often with occlusions that appear to be spots. The pink soapstone used for this vase is one of the less common colors which adds significantly to its value. This is the natural color of the stone, unpainted, not dyed. Each piece is carved of a single, solid piece of stone.
Each vase consists of 2 parts: a base and the vase that fits perfectly into it.
Soapstone is a soft rock that is capable of being carved and etched to great deal without fracturing. It is mined in the mountains of Quang Ninh in northern Viet Nam. Each hand-carved object is a symbol of both the aesthetics and talent of the Vietnamese artisans. The soapstone is designed and carved to produce a complete masterpiece. It takes hours to finish ultimately to become a one of a kind piece, truly a reflexion of the character of Vietnam you cannot find anywhere else.
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.
These sculptures measure 24.5 x 10 cm (9.6 x 4")