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Dimensions: L:11.8in W:5.5in D:3.1in
This female torso sculpture is carved from Soapstone, a harder variation of serpentine stone which has a beautiful black surface with light brown and deep green overtones.
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
Soapstone, also known as Steatite, is a metamorphic rock made mostly of talc. This natural stone contains varying amounts of other minerals, such as micas, chlorite, amphiboles, quartz, magnesite, and carbonates, depending on the quarry from which it is sourced.
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