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Giraffe Carving Zimbabwe African Art 34 Inch

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Title Giraffe Carving Zimbabwe African Art 34 Inch
Type of Object sculpture, statue
Country of Origin Zimbabwe
People Shona
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions 34 inches H. x 3.5 inches W.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair General wear, small scrapes; see pictures for detail. DOES NOT STAND, bottom is uneven and could be stabilized with double sided tape or putty.

Additional Information: Mukwa or Mukungu wood. I spent many hours in South Africa a few years ago, looked at hundreds of giraffes, and carefully chose the best. Zimbabwe's horrific social and economic wores have reduced tourism to a trickle, and so many sculptors are making their way with their giraffes to South Africa. I can only get them when they're being sent home in a container--otherwise air shipping is prohibitive. Zimbabwe giraffes are, in my opinion, vastly superior to those being carved in Kenya. Zimbabwe is home to Shona sculptors, and the best of the giraffes, carved by both Shona and Ndebele, are by turns regal, humerous, and majestic. Each has a different expression. You have probably been reading about Zimbabwe's agony. More than half of the population will starve without international aid, and the carvers are no exception.