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Verdite Shona Stone THINKER Zimbabwe African Art

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Title Verdite Shona Stone THINKER Zimbabwe African Art
Type of Object Stone sculpture, carving, figure
Country of Origin Zimbabwe
People Shona
Materials Stone vedrdite
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions 9.5 inches H. x 6 inches W.; 6 lbs
Overall Condition Excellent. 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 None

Additional Information

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."