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Post by Squash on May 26th 2018, 8:36 pm

This is an 8" tall vase which weighs 2.5 pounds, black with incised white lines, black bottom, white interior.  It has a wavy hexagonal pattern that resembles an animal print, and there is a faint mark on the bottom where a label once was.  I have no idea about it (though the original owner did like Native American art) so any advice is much appreciated, thank you!

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Post by NaomiM on May 26th 2018, 8:43 pm

Helps to have a photo of the base as well, to check construction , but I think this is carved and dyed soapstone, made in South Africa

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Post by Squash on May 26th 2018, 8:56 pm

Thank you. I did wonder if it might be stone, but I've never seen stone with that sort of look.  Here are a few more pictures:

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Post by NaomiM on May 26th 2018, 9:11 pm

Cheers :) Yes, I’m sure it’s soapstone. I saw a lot of it in the gift shops in Spain, and that pattern was one of them, along with a lot of fish. I think it’s made in a number of places; India, South Africa, Morocco...probably Mexico too, and sold in tourist hot spots and home decorating stores.

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Post by Squash on May 26th 2018, 10:06 pm

Great, thank you so much!
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