Hand Carved Soapstone Animal Chess Set 15 Board.
Crafted by African artisans in Western Kenya using traditional techniques, this soapstone chess set will become a conversation piece during play or on display! The board is 14 – 15 inches square and inlaid with pink and white soapstone. Each piece is hand-carved in either pink or white soapstone. Due to the natural characteristics of soapstone, the colors will vary. The game pieces are approximately 2.25 to 3.5 inches tall.
- Board measures approximately 14 – 15 inches and is .25-inch high.
- A natural stone, color variations are expected and enjoyed for the one-of-a-kind beauty.
- Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary slightly.
- Soapstone is soft, making it easy to carve into many forms. Handle with care to avoid breakage.
- Each piece has undergone multiple sanding and waxing stages, giving the soapstone a satiny finish.
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Story Behind the Art:
Each sculpture is artfully hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone, found only in the hills of southwestern Kenya. Mining the soapstone from surface hills is labor-intensive, using little to no machinery. Laborers work with shovels, picks, axes, and machetes to carve out large soapstone chunks carved into beautiful art.