Soapstone is an incredibly soft stone that also gives off an oily texture (hence the name), and can come in a variety of different colors such as pink, white, green, brown, gray, black and yellow. The height of soapstone production in China occurred during the Ming Dynasty (circa 1368 to 1644), and during this time artisans used soapstone to carve not only figurines, but dishes, vases and cooking utensils as well.
This particular piece of soapstone is an orange-y brown color. The carving itself features a vase hidden among beautiful flowers. Birds are finding food among the planets, resting in this garden scene.
Measurements: 8 1/4 inches tall x 5 1/4 inches at widest point