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Shona (Zimbabwean) Stone Sculpture


Reference: 03133

Description: A wonderful Shona Stone Sculpture. This hand carved, signed, Zimbabwean Stone Sculpture would enhance and compliment any home. The themes portrayed by Shona sculptures portray and represent esteemed values in the Shona culture of family, love, life and nature. Signed 'George'!

Dimensions: 'H: 36cm (10")

Additional Information: Often referred to as Shona Sculptures, these hand carved, Zimbabwean Stone Sculptures are so named because it is the name of the tribe in Zimbabwe that has traditionally created these works of art. The Shona tribe is culturally the most dominant tribe in Zimbabwe and traditionally, they live in isolated settlements. Stone carving has been part of the Zimbabwean culture since 1200 AD when Great Zimbabwe, an archaeological masterpiece of their early ancestors, was built. It is generally agreed that Zimbabwean stone sculpture, as seen today, began during the late colonial period of the 1950’s and 1960’s. During this period the artists and artisans depicted many of the traditional Shona and other tribal spiritual myths. The large varieties and abundant supplies of rock formations present throughout the Zimbabwean landscape provide artists with a medium for sculpture and carvings unique to their country. The Shona art sculpture of Zimbabwe combines the wonderful varieties presented by the stone with images drawn both from reality and abstract symbolism. Since Zimbabwe's independence in the 1980, the stone art originating there has become world renowned, described by Newsweek as "the most important new art form to emerge from Africa in this century." Zimbabwe literally means "house of stone," and the country is blessed with a large variety and great supply of beautiful stones. Shona sculptors show great skill in their selection of the most aesthetically pleasing stones in terms of colour, form, and grain. Serpentine stone, with its considerable range of colours and hardness, is the material most commonly used by the sculptors. The hardest and darkest of the Serpentine varieties is black, commonly known as Africa stone. Sometimes sculptures are also made from semi-precious stones like “Leopard Rock”. Much of the stone used by Shona artists is quarried in areas which are adjacent or quite near the villages where the work is created. Often the land on which the stone is found is owned by the village or the local artists.

Price: SOLD

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