This is the carved serpentinite bear figurine. Dimensions: 3.0 x 1.8 x 1.3″ (7.5 x 4.5 x 3.2cm). Weight – 4.4oz (125 grams). Origin: Russia, Ural.
Some information about serpentinite:
Serpentinite is a rock composed of one or more serpentine group minerals, the name originating from the similarity of the texture of the rock to that of the skin of a snake. Minerals in this group are formed by serpentinization, a hydration and metamorphic transformation of ultramafic rock from the Earth’s mantle. The mineral alteration is particularly important at the sea floor at tectonic plate boundaries.
Serpentinization is a geological low-temperature metamorphic process involving heat and water in which low-silica mafic and ultramafic rocks are oxidized and hydrolyzed with water into serpentinite.
In Russia serpentinite deposits are found in the Ural Mountains.