Dimensions: H:2.2" W:5.1" L:3.1" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Hippo Figurine Sculpture - This beautiful piece of Shona art depicting a hippo is made of serpentine stone. Each figure is unique and handcrafted. Shona sculpture is a distinct form of art that owes its existence to millennia of African history and cultural beliefs. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted by craftsmen and has gone from Africa around the world to add a distinctive touch to any house or business.
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 StoneSerpentine Stone - Although this stone can be found all over the world, large deposits of it can be found in Zimbabwe. Serpentine comes in a wide range of colors and hardness, making it an extremely adaptable material. It can range from black, brown, greegreen, even orange or yellow in some cases. Often harder Black Iron Serpentine is used due to iron concentrations present in it. It has a stunning black lustre finish that looks like black opal and is highly sought after for its exquisite finish, durability, and hardness.