Native American sculptures
About the alabaster in
our Native American sculptures
Alabaster is a non-metallic mineral that contains no
ores. It is used in many of our Native American sculptures. This terra alba
mineral is found in two types of rocks in deposits embedded in the ground and in
open pits. It can be found anywhere from 12 to 20 feet below a layer of shale
two or three feet below the surface of the rock. It is found in countries like
the United States, Cyprus, England, Turkey, Algeria, India, Belgium and in
This mass bruises easily
because its hardness ranges between 2.2 and 2.7 in the Mohs scale which makes it
easy to work by hand.
The transformation from rock
to a carved piece of art can only be achieved by a master. Our alabaster Native
American sculptures are carved by Navajos who use everything from saws to
chisels to get those fine features sculpted into the rough pieces of stone.
To care for your alabaster
sculptures, simply use a damp cloth to remove any dust that might accumulate.
Tiny fracture lines are common to the stone and do not reflect any defect in the