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Verdite Shona Stone THINKER Sculpture Zimbabwe African Art

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Title Verdite Shona Stone THINKER Sculpture Zimbabwe African Art
Type of Object Carving, Stone sculpture
Country of Origin Zimbabwe
People Shona
Materials Verdite
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions 13 inches H. x 8 inches W. ; 17 lbs
Overall Condition Excellent

Additional Information: A superb verdite sculpture!

Verdite, sometimes called "Africa's green gold," is found only in southern Africa. Deposits near Barberton, South Africa, are believed to be about 3.5 million years old. It is used in African traditional medicine, particularly to cure impotence and increase fertility. Its hardness is 7.0-9.0, and it is becoming increasingly rare, especially in the green color (brown is more common) so only the better sculptors attempt it. Shona 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.

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


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