Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Spring Stone Dimensions: Height: 3.3 feet/40 inches, 102 centimeters Length: 5 inches, 13 centimeters Width: 5 inches, 13 centimeters Region: Zimbabwe, Southern Africa Tribe: Shona Tribe Approximate Age: 32 years (1990) Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately Item Number: S038 Collection: Stone Sculptures Tear Sheet: Available Upon Request Provenance Report: "Lovely Girl" Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged Sourcing: Fair Trade Certificate of Authenticity Provided
The Shona people have a rich artistic heritage and are hailed for their stone work. Stone carving has been part of the Zimbabwean culture since 1200 AD when Great Zimbabwe, an archeological masterpiece of their early ancestors, was built. The re-emergence of this stone carving tradition came about in the 1950s, when it gained worldwide recognition to the solid forms and beautiful surfaces of Shona sculpture that expresses an extraordinary emotional power.
Drawing on ancient sculpting traditions, the Shona tribe has produced a modern art movement of dignified, exquisite works. Reminiscent of Picasso and Henry Moore, these extraordinary, intense works speak to all humanity.
What is Shona? The best of Zimbabwe stone sculpture combines the splendor and solidity of the stone medium with imagery drawn from reality and abstracted into symbolic form. Figures and features that are reminiscent of, yet not quite like, animal, and human forms suggest the creatures and mythological beings that inhabit the realms of the religions and folklore of the Zimbabwean people.
Heritage York's Shona Gallery was the first gallery that brought Shona art to the United States.
Why Shona? · Suitable for indoor and outdoor environments (i.e. garden, terrace) · Durable and will not dull or erode · One of a kind pieces · Marked with artist’s signatures · Hand carved in Zimbabwe
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