Very attractive piece with beautiful carving. The natural malachite graining-matrix does not show in the photographs except for the bottom view but it does have a beautiful matrix in the carving. This is a fine piece of work. It is Chinese and from the "Hong Kong" mark on the bottom of the wood base [inlayed with silver metal], it would be made during the embargo period for Chinese goods, over 40 years ago. It is just under 4" tall with custom made hardwood stand. Perfect conditio ...click for details
This carving is probably 50 years old. The details are outstanding and the quality of the soapstone is also outstanding. The God of wisdom with elongated forehead is holding a peach for longevity. Oily smooth yellow-tan soapstone has very uniform matrix. The piece is small at 2 1/2" tall, but the very fine carving of face, hand and clothing makes this a special piece.