|Title||Stone Bowl Hand Painted Lions Kisii Kenya African|
|Type of Object||Carving|
|Country of Origin||Kenya|
|Materials||soapstone, paint, dyes|
|Dimensions||6 inches diameter, 1.5 inches deep|
|Damage/Repair||some slight scratching|
Picture is an example, yours will be similar. Bowls are hand painted, and may have some varriation in shade or design. One picture displays variety of decoration.
Additional Information: The bowls are hand carved out of natural soapstone then painted and finally etched and grooved to produce the final product. The bowl shows great as a stand alone decorative ornament or used for wet or dry floral arrangements. Each bowl is an original work of art that you will be proud to own or gift. Being finely crafted by hand from natural materials, no two, however similar, are identical.
The bowl starts out as raw soapstone quarried in the Tabaka region of Kenya. The soapstone varies in color from white (the easiest to carve) through various shades of pink to a deep lustrous red and gray (most difficult to carve). The stone is rough cut then shaped by the artist. After sanding to a smooth finish the artist sketches the design and paints or daubs the colors for the scene. The dyes are allowed to dry. Finally, using various sharpened steel blades the artist etches outlines and other subtle detail to bring the work of art to life.