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Scarab Paperweight. Hieroglyphics. Handmade. Steatite. Egypt.

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    A scarab is a dung beetle. In Egypt, it is part of its ancient religion. The beetle was associated with the divine manifestation of the early morning sun.   Likenesses of the beetle were frequently made of steatite (talc within a rock – think soapstone). Heiroglyphics… Continue reading

Soapstone Rhino, Kenya, Africa

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Detail: The carving of a rhinoceros is gray with shrimp-color highlights. Contemporary styling. Perfect condition. Sorry, this item has been sold.

Vintage Soapstone Sculpture, China

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Detail: Well carved. Circa 1900s and in perfect condition. From an established antique dealer in Montreal. Soapstone is a material found in nature composed of magnesium silicate and other trace minerals. There is a great informative soapstone guide published called the Collector’s Digest for Soapstone. Contact us for more information.
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