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Soapstone originates from the Kiisi Highlands in Western Kenya. Though heavy, being very soft, it is the easiest of the African stones the sculptors work with.

The artist makes a rough shape of his idea then works the details with a knife.  Wet sand is then used to polish the piece.  The stone is naturally cream in colour, however many carvers paint their work which gives each piece a vibrant look and offers a multitude of options for creativity.

The figures are usually faceless, creating a timeless look to the sculptures.  In addition, some of the stone shows a fine grain which the sculptors use to create visually stunning works of art.

Finished pieces should be kept dry and out of direct sunlight.
Nude Torso
Kenya
14 cm wide
£10