Soapstone animal figurines
Super cute soapstone animal figurines from Peru. All animals are made by a large family who have turned soapstone carving into an art. Every animal is unique and a true piece of art.
History of soapstone sculptures
The oldest soapstone sculptures date more than 3.000 years back from China. It was here that the first soapstone crafts were made. The Ming dynasty was the highlight of it and lasted from 1368 to 1644. From China, the art of soapstone carving spread across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The ancient Greeks used soapstone for stamps, the Vikings made jewellery from it and in Zimbabwe a real sculptural culture arose. From the 17th century onwards, Europeans also began to work on soapstone art.
What is soapstone?
Soapstone is a mineral known as talc or steatite. It is very soft and is used as talcum powder, chalk or as a filler. The solid form suitable for sculpture is called soapstone. A polished stone feels a little greasy and derives its name from it. A property that protects the works of art excellently against the influence of moisture.