Intricate mandala carved into palewa stone. Hand-made by specialist producer groups in Agra, the hub of stone craftsmanship. Palewa is a form of Indian soapstone which is a type of metamorphic rock. It has been used throughout history for inlaid designs and sculptures. Some Native American tribes would use this stone to make bowls, cooking slabs and other objects; this was particularly common during the late Archaic archaeological period. Vikings also hewed this form of soapstone directly from the stone face, shaped it into cooking pots and sold these at home and also abroad. In modern times this form of soapstone has been used in India for centuries as a medium for carving.
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Approximate diameter: 4.5cm