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Stone Carvings

From the subtle etching on prehistoric stone henges to the elaborate motifs designed by the ancient Romans, antique and ancient stone carvings are equally powerful as historic documents and art objects. Stone carvings for sale on the market today reflect this vast history and ensure a captivating offering for every audience.

The practice of stone carving is one of humankind's oldest means of artistic expression. It served initially as a means of commemoration, with early carvers and sculptors documenting essential events in history, predominantly military victories. Over time, as both skills and tools progressed, these images developed into increasingly elaborate storytelling devices. Rulers from ancient Assyria to ancient Rome used remarkably intricate relief carvings to relay particular elements about their rule, often as a means of propaganda to broadcast a particular message about their policies or political control.

While the practice of stone carving continued over time, it is ancient and antique examples, along with surviving carving tools, that are the most compelling for collectors. Depending on scale and caliber, these examples can be attained at reasonable price points.


Quick Facts

  • The earliest-recorded stone carvings were discovered in 2014 on the exterior of a clam shell. Found in Indonesia, this carving was created approximately 540,000 years ago
  • The famed relief-carved stele of ancient Greece often served as elaborate tombstones, a means of commemoration for a deceased individual
  • The early registers of stone-carved storytelling are in essence the basis for the narrative panels in modern-day comic books

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CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
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CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
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by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
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ROSE QUARTZ SKULL ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
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ROSE QUARTZ SKULL ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
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CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
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CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
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TIGER EYE SKULL ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
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by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
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Macabre Jasper Stone Carved Human Skull with Frog
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CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CARVED LABRADORITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
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CARVED LABRADORITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
DRUZY AGATE CHIEF CARVING ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
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DRUZY AGATE CHIEF CARVING ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
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CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
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CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
DRUZY AGATE WOLF CARVING ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 26, 1:00 PM CST
DRUZY AGATE WOLF CARVING ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CARVED LABRADORITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 26, 1:00 PM CST
CARVED LABRADORITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 26, 1:00 PM CST
CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CARVED LABRADORITE DRAGON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 26, 1:00 PM CST
CARVED LABRADORITE DRAGON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
TIGER EYE CARVED ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 26, 1:00 PM CST
TIGER EYE CARVED ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 08, 1:00 PM CST
CARVED JADE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
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CARVED JADE STATUE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 07, 1:00 PM CST
CARVED JADE STATUE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CARVED STATUE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
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CARVED STATUE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
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Sellers Who Sell Stone Carvings


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company

Rose's Antiques

Rose's Antiques

Simrit Collection

Simrit Collection