Dimensions: H:21.7" W:12.2" L:9.1" Weight: 76.6 lbs.
Shona Chief bust sculpture - This beautiful Shona chief bust carving is made of verdite stone, also known as green gold and in high demand among artists. Zimbabwe is well-known for its stone sculpture all around the world. This expressive genre of art has exploded in popularity since 1980. Since it was first introduced in 1956 by Frank McEwen, then-Director of the National Gallery of Rhodesia, a lot of development has been accomplished. Despite the country's hardships, artistically gifted young artists have perfected the skill while simultaneously supporting their families by playing with stone and creating masterpieces."
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 StoneVerdite Stone - is an uncommon and lovely stone of rare quality that has been dubbed "green gold" because it is a semi-precious gemstone that is getting increasingly rare and hence more valuable. An incredibly hard stone that is commonly used in 'fine art' such as elephants, rhinos, and other animals. Only the most skilled sculptors will be enticed to carve it due to its solidity. It comes in a wide range of beautiful colors and patterns, most commonly in green with hints of blue, gold, red, and brown. The mineral chromium is responsible for Verdite's distinctive rich green color. Verdite is found among the world's oldest rocks, dating back over 3500 million years. The only known deposits are found in eastern Zimbabwe and South Africa, where gold was first discovered in Africa many centuries ago.