A lithophane is an etched or molded artwork in very thin translucent porcelain. It can only be seen clearly when back lit with a light source. It is a design or scene in intaglio that appears “en grisaille” tones.
A lithophane presents a 3 dimensional image. It is completely different from 2 dimensional engravings that are “flat”. The images change characteristics depending on the light source behind them. Window lithophane panel scenes change throughout the day depending on the amount of sunlight. The varying light source is what makes lithophanes more interesting to the viewer than 2 dimensional pictures.
Also it can be referred as “light in stone” or to “appear in stone” as the 3 dimensional image appears suddenly when lit with a back light source.
Lithophanes are definitely unique, the recipient is sure to like it and it makes the perfect gift! It can even save you if you’re still wondering what to get your family and friends on festivals!