Hand carved and polished to a smooth finish, this set of 2 sweet African animals showcases the beautiful grain and varied coloration of natural gray soapstone. Choose 2 hippos, 2 rhinos, or 1 of each animal for a lovely gift or keepsake.
Although colors are predominantly gray, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a wide variation in color and grain than photos - with veining, lighter or darker gray, and even some brown and pink tones but each will be lovely. Additional color swatches are shown as examples.
Sizes: [Rhino] 4"L x 1.5"W x 2"T; [Hippo)] 3"L x 2"W x 2"T.
At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi’s industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.