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Vintage Chinese Oriental Green Serpentine Bowl w/Stand
This is a beautiful little vintage hand carved serpentine stone bowl, polished to a soft gloss. The bowl is very delicate and thin, translucent with some natural veins and inclusions visible. It measures 4" in diameter and 3" high with a small carved wooden stand included. The edges are smooth with no chipping and surface is almost completely smooth to the touch, with the exception of one or two spots where inclusions and veining occur. Both bowl and stand are in very good condition. As it is so delicate, I would recommend it be used for display purposes only.
FYI: The serpentine group is greenish, brownish, or spotted minerals commonly found in serpentine rocks. They are used as a source of magnesium and asbestos, and as a decorative stone. The name is thought to come from the greenish color being that of a serpent. The more attractive and durable varieties (all of antigorite) are termed "noble" or "precious" serpentine and are used extensively as gems and in ornamental carvings Lamellate antigorite occurs in tough, pleated masses. It is usually dark green in color, but may also be yellowish, gray, brown or black. It has a hardness of 3.5–4 and its luster is greasy. REF: Wikipedia
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