I carved Katya
from a 41 pound pound block of polyphant stone.
left one side of the
carving untouched in order
to show the varied colours
of the polyphant in its
high. 11 inches
4 inches wide,
Polyphant stone is a type of Elvan, a name
used in Cornwall and Devon for native
varieties of quartz-porphyry. Most of
the Elvan quarries are now
is another name for this stone. It is
colour, but is
flecked with other
colours from many
Polyphant was often used for
parts of buildings such as doorways so
they could be finely carved.
Around 400 prehistoric
stone axes, made from greenstone, have been
found all over Britain, which from
petrological analysis appear to come from west
Cornwall. Although the quarry has not
been identified, it has been suggested that
the Gear, a rock now submerged half a mile
from the shore at Penzance, may be the site.
name Polyphant means 'Frog Pool' in Cornish.
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