|Title||5 Shona Pendants Carved Abstract Faces Zimbabwe Africa|
|Materials||brown or black stone|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Overall Condition||Good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.|
|Damage/Repair||some minor scratches, some chips.|
|Object Size||1.50 inch drop. See picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Necklace Length||16 inches|
|Pendant Size||1- 1.75 x .5- .75 inches. See image with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter.)|
|Strand Length||30 inches (includes string/raffia)|
Additional Information: All Shona sculpture was made after 1965. Frank McEwan, an Englishman, who was director of the Rhodes National Gallery 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's SCULPTURES FROM ZIMBABWE