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Dimensions: L:37.8in W:7.9in D:4.7in
Shona sculptor handcrafted this sculpture of a Shona Chief from locally sourced green opal stone. 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 Stone
Opal 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.
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