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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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Sellers Who Sell Stone Carvings


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Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

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Easterly Auction Company

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Weatherham Estate Treasures

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Rose's Antiques