Dimensions: H:28.0" W:11.0" L:5.1" Weight: 69.1 lbs.
Couple in opal stone - This sculpture depicting a couple is hand carved in opal stone by a Shona artist from Zimbabwe. The family, love, life, and nature themes depicted in these sculptures are important values in Shona culture. These African stone sculptures are known as Shona sculptures because they are hand carved by Zimbabwean Shona sculptors.
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 StoneOpal stone comes from Chiweshe, Zimbabwe, and is a soft, pale green serpentine with a fine texture, nearly translucent surface flecked with red, orange, and blue spots and patches. The milky light-colored greens and silky smoothness makes it popular. Sculptors like this stone because, while not as hard as Springstone, yet polishes to a high shine, revealing rich color and beautiful texture.