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Shona MERMAID Stone Sculpture 3 Feet Zimbabwe African Art

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Title Shona Stone Sculpture "Mermaid-Water Spirit",
Type of Object Stone Sulpture
Country of Origin Zimbabwe
People Shona
Materials Stone
Approximate Age contempory
Dimensions 36 inches height x 27 inches width
Overall Condition Good. Most ofour pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair water damage, small scratches, chip in base


SIGNED by C. KAJUWA!


Additional Information: A superb stone sculpture signed by C. KAJUWA, a Shona sculptor. The sculpture represents a Mermaid, the beautiful female half human half fish known as the spirit of water "Mami Wata", with long hair. The theme f mai wata is a very famous subject in African sculpture also carved in contemporary sculpture  of Zimbabwe. This is a beautiful  piece that would be well placed in any collection of contemporary African art .


All Shona sculpture was made after 1965. Frank McEwan, an Englishman, who was director of the Rhodes National Gallerey in what was then Southern Rhodesia, began a school in 1956, and in 1965 encouraged the students, who had been painting, to move to stone. See Oliver Sultan's Life in Stone.


I have a huge collection of Shona pieces in rapocco, green and black serpentine, leopard rock, and verdite--some are four feet tall!


In our extensive time in Zimbabwe, we saw an enormous amount of wonderful sculpture. We did the largest amount of our buying from a wonderful co-op of about forty artists.


My partner apprenticed with them, and learned to repair sculpture, which she has done for galleries, museums, and private collections. Instead of putting pieces in the fire, as they do in Zimbabwe, we use space heaters, hair dryers, and pots of boiling water.


Recommended Reading: Joosten, Ben SCULPTORS FROM ZIMBABWE, THE FIRST GENERATION, Galerie de Strang, Lexicon, 2001; Celia Winter-Irving, STONE SCULPTURE IN ZIMBABWE. CONTEXT CONTENT & FORM, Roblaw Publishers, Harare, Zimbabwe, 1995


Franck MCEwen, THE AFRICAN WORKSHOOP SCHOOL, Rhodesia, n.d


Olivier Sultan, LIFE IN STONEIN ZIMBABWEAN SCULPURE. BIRTH OF A CONTEMPORARY ART FORM. Second edition, Harare, 1999