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Shona Sculpture Abstract Stone Sphere Zimbabwe African Art 20 Inch

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Title Shona Sculpture Abstract Stone Sphere Zimbabwe African Art 20 Inch
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Zimbabwe
People Shona
Materials Stone, serpentine
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions Height: 20.25 Inches
Width: 18 Inches
Depth: 10.5 Inches
Overall Condition Very good

Additional Information: A superb Shona stone in abstract form!  Signed by the artist as shown.

All contemporary 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!. 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."