5 1/2 Inch Hand Carved Shoushan 寿山石 Stone Goat Figurine
This goat is hand carved in a hard stone - it appears to be a Shoshan river rock that has been meticulously carved and polished into the statue you see before you. This statue measures approximately 5 1/2 inches long, 2 inches wide and 3 inches tall. Shoushan(Chinese: 寿山石; Pinyin: shòu shān shí) stone carving is an art originating in Fujian Province（福建省 Fújiàn shěng）in Eastern China.The stones used in carving are also known as agalmatolite and are mined in the Shoushan village in northern Fujian. Use of the stone for carving can be traced back as far as the Southern Dynasties and have long been used to produce handicrafts and later on in the Ming Dynasty seals.