Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Spring Stone Dimensions: Height: 1.1 feet/13 inches, 33 centimeters Length: 4 inches, 10 centimeters Width: 4 inches, 10 centimeters Region: Zimbabwe, Southern Africa Artist: B.T. Manyandure Approximate Age: 31 years (1990) Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately Item Number: S029 Collection: Stone Sculptures Tear Sheet: "Protective Woman" Provenance Report: "Protective Woman" Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged Sourcing: Fair Trade Certificate of Authenticity Provided
"Protective Woman" by B.T. Manyandure speaks to the depths of the innately protective and protected woman. The subject's emotional posture speaks volumes: a strong, straight torso, arms crossed over her chest, head and chin tilted up. Manyandure intentionally exaggerated the hands and arms in this piece, scaling them to be larger than the shoulders and forearms. In doing this, Manyandure sends a clear message of the greatest power of the "Protective Woman": her hands.
The incredible talent of Zimbabwean artist B.T. Manyandure is showcased in this powerful sculpture entitled "Protective Woman." The posture of the woman: convicted, strong, and fierce-- reminds us that all women, even in the time of Manyandure, are inherently strong.
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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