Solid Hand-Carved Soapstone Dragon White Vase
This is a traditional, extremely intricately hand-carved Vietnamese vase. This white soapstone is the natural color of the stone, unpainted, not dyed. Each piece is carved of a single, solid piece of stone. It is common for this stone to have naturally occurring occlusions which can appear as imperfections.
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 21 x 11 cm (8.3 x 4.3")