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Dimensions: L:15.7in W:7.1in D:3.1in
A Zimbabwean sculptor used locally sourced rapoko stone to create an African traditionally inspired sculpture depicting a lovely woman. 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 Stone
The Rapoko Stone is a type of serpentine stone that is found in the region of Zimbabwe, Africa. It is a popular material used by Zimbabwean artisans to create beautiful sculptures and artwork. The stone is known for its unique colors and patterns, which make it a highly sought-after material for artists and collectors alike.
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