Dimensions: H:12.6" W:7.5" L:10.2" Weight: 38.9 lbs.
Big Mamas - These unique sculptures hand carved in Shona Springstone simply honor the fuller African female physique. This style of carving was inspired by Colleen Madamombe's work, who was the first sculptor to create this style of stout women. Her main body of work explored the roles and life experiences of women. Sadly, Colleen passed away in 2009, leaving her family to carry on her beautiful and inspiring work..
About the Tribe
The Shona ethnic group is indigenous to Southern Africa, primarily Zimbabwe, but there are significant Shona populations in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. In Zimbabwe, the Shona people make up most of the population. Stone sculpture and mbira music have made them famous around the world (mbira: an instrument made of a hollow gourd with metal reeds that the player plucks). This tribe is believed to be responsible for the construction of several ancient stone wall sites in Zimbabwe. Great Zimbabwe, an 800-hectare city that flourished between the 11th and 15th centuries AD, was built on the physical foundation of these walls. Great Zimbabwe, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site was a center for trade, and archaeologists have discovered artifacts on site from as far away as China.
About the Stone
This Shona stone is one of the hardest in the serpentine family, having a high iron concentration and a fine texture. It has a rich, softer reddish/brown outer layer that sculptors use to give their sculptures a stunning two-tone effect, adding to its appeal. Springstone is mined by hand in Guruve, Zimbabwe's north region. It is a dark stone that can be polished to a high sheen because of its density. When displayed in a light environment, the stone's dark color creates a striking contrast and gives pieces of this material a substantial weight and presence.