Shona Tribe Cobalt Stone Thinker ~38.2" Tall - Thinker

African Angel ArtSKU: AA01594

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Dimensions: H:38.2" W:19.7" L:6.3" Weight: 155.5 lbs.

Shona Tribe Cobalt Stone Thinker – This unique abstract creation carved from a locally sourced cobalt stone can be used as a decorative item to fill up special open spaces. These African stone sculptures are known as Shona sculptures because they are hand carved by Zimbabwean Shona sculptors. Zimbabwe is well-known for its stone sculpture all around the world.


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

Cobalt stone is typically purple or green in color, with yellow, white, or brown/orange streaks scattered throughout. It is a brittle, relatively unusual stone that resembles iron or nickel in appearance and is softer than the other serpentine kinds. Although the stone is fragile and may be difficult to work with, the bright color and variety of texture can produce some spectacular works for much more skilled sculptors. Cobalt is mined in northern Zimbabwe, in the Chiweshe district.

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