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Shona Stone Sculpture Family Zimbabwe 4 Feet African Art

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Title Shona Stone Sculpture Family Zimbabwe 4 Feet African Art
Type of Object Stona Sculpture
Country of Origin Zimbabwe
People Shona
Materials Green and Brown Serpentine.
Dimensions Height is 46.5 inches. Aprrox weight is 300 Lbs!! (136.5 Kg)
Overall Condition Fair to good
Damage/Repair A few scratches and chips

Additional Information: A wonderful ENORMOUS piece. Some scratches on back of sculpture. Green serpentine, very heavy. I bought it from the artist who made it.

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.

Zimbabwe had a tradition of stone carving going back to The Great Zimbabwe, but the modern art forms did not begin until McEwan established his workshops. Contemporary Shona stone sculpture began int he 1950s, when Frank McEwan, a British art critic, became the director of the Rhodesian National Museum, which contained only western art. He established an art school for local people, and after the first year's concentration on painting, determined to make use of the copious amounts of native stone.

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For more information on the Shona sculptors of Zimbabwe, see ZIMBABWE HERITAGE, CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS.