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Shona Stone Verdite RHINO Zimbabwe Signed African Art

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Title Shona Stone Verdite RHINO Zimbabwe Signed African Art
Type of Object Carving, Sculpture
Country of Origin Zimbabwe
People Shona
Materials Stone Serpentine
Approximate Age signed 2007
Dimensions Length is 15.5 Inches; height is 7 inches, Deep is 4 inches W; 11 lbs
Overall Condition Very good
Damage/Repair None

Additional Information:  Years ago, we spent six weeks in July and August on an African buying trip, which included quite a bit of time in Zimbabwe. The co-op from which we buy a great deal of our Shona sculpture has been decimated by AIDS and all of the artists are hungry. No tourists means no money......for many of the sixty artists from whom we bought, ours was the first money they had gotten in several months. 

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