Dish, Agra
Late 19th to early 20th century 

The intricate carving on this plate from Agra, blends Islamic geometric design with European foliage patterns.

Soapstone, a type of metamorphic rock, is known for its extreme softness and permits delicate treatment in design and workmanship. Agra is the principal centre for this art form in India, where the stone carvers also specialise in the inlaid marble work for which the city is better known.