Each candle-holder sculpture is hand-carved from a single piece of natural soapstone and is a beautiful piece of art. The trio of monkeys depict the age old adage: Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Hear. Adorable, fun, whimsical and will bring a smile! These have many uses: decocrative, candlestick holders, or consider a succulent in each, or fun statement pieces on a mantle or bookshelf.
The candle holes are hand-carved and the size will vary. Secure candles with a wax dot in the base.
Because a variety of communities carve the statue, expect designs variations and color variation in the natural stone.
Story Behind the Art:
Kisii soapstone is one of the most well-known artforms from East Africa. A hand-carved piece of art from the Kisii region of Kenya is a real treasure. Soapstone is mined from the Tabaka Hills and then carved by talented artisans into many designs that are beautiful and some functional. Laborers work with shovels, picks, axes and machetes to carve out large soapstone chucks. The large pieces of stone are cut using pangas (large knives) and then brought to the workshop for carving and finishing. The soapstone from the Tabaka Hills come in a range of colors from white to pink to grey. As it is crafted, it goes through multiple stages of sanding and waxing which gives the soapstone a satiny finish. Each etching is intricately carved by hand.