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Stone OWL Swaziland African Art

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Title Swazi Stone Decorated Owl African Swaziland
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Swaziland
Materials soapstone, paint, dyes
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions 3.75 inches H x 2 inches W.
Overall Condition Good.
Damage/Repair minor scratches


Picture is an example, yours will be similar.  Color and shape will vary, slightly.

Additional Information:   Soapstone owl hand carved and painted in Swaziland. The abstract shape and detail of the owl with minimum detail is very imaginative and common for Swazi carvers The artist etched feather patterns, eyes, and beak after polishing and dyeing the stone. The African bird carving is unique in that no two are the same however similar the design by the same artist. 

The figure starts out as raw soapstone quarried in the Pigg's Peak region of NW Swaziland. The soapstone varies in color from light brown (the easiest to carve) through various shades of brown and green to dark green (most difficult to carve). The stone is rough cut then shaped by the artist. The abstract shape, colors, and detail of the finished product is very imaginative and unique to these Swazi artists. The unusual and original example of African talent and art is unique in that no two are the same, however, similar the style and size. Being handcrafted from natural materials some minor imperfections may be anticipated that add rather than detract from the beauty of the carving.

Patience, a single mother with little formal education was born in Swaziland. She travels regularly between Soweto and her home selling handicrafts, especially dolls, to support her family and orphaned younger brothers. She also contracts with others in her community, mainly grandmothers, single women, and young girls in their care to produce these wonderful birds and other handicrafts to her designs. Grandmas (affectionately called Gogo in Tswana and in wide usage) are the backbone of African society (and often the sole breadwinner). They play an even greater role in the AIDS pandemic by raising, caring for, and nurturing a generation of orphans (not always family related) and the many ill adults.