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Dimensions: L:40.6in W:33.5in D:9.4in
This beautiful elephant creation carved from Springstone will add a graceful focal point to your home and garden with its natural color, tactile surface, and flowing lines. 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
Springstone is mined by hand in Guruve, Zimbabwe's north region. It is a dark stone that can be polished to a high sheen because of its density. This Shona stone is one of the hardest in the serpentine family, having a high iron concentration and a fine texture. It has a rich, softer reddish/brown outer layer that sculptors use to give their sculptures a stunning two-tone effect, adding to its appeal. When displayed in a light environment, the stone's dark color creates a striking contrast and gives pieces of this material a substantial weight and presence.
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