If you are looking for a more traditional Shona sculpture then this might be for you. Carved in Tengenge the origins of Shona sculpture this piece is exceptional. This sculpture is hand carved from Serpentine. Unlike other forms of sculpture it is impossible to replicate the identical patterns that are found within the stone. It is possible to see minerals within the stone making the piece seemingly translucent. The rich red/brown color is achieved by leaving the one side unpolished. This allows the the piece to be viewed from both sides, or can be turned to provide a different perspective.
The piece is carved using a diamond tipped chisel. It is then sanded for literally hours through varying degrees of sand paper until the artist reaches 2500 grade sand paper. The sculpture is then heated and a polish is melted into the stone. Finally it is buffered to leave this wonderfully tactile surface. Perhaps the perfect ornament to fill that special space. Or maybe a different kind of gift for that special someone or occasion. The sculpture is suitable for inside or outside the home, requiring minimal care.
Many of our sculptures originate from small and sometimes rural sculptor communities in around the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare. This particular piece originated from a small community based in the suburb known as Tengenenge where typically 10-12 artists work together to produce these fantastic pieces of art. It is our vision to see these small communities thrive buy providing a platform on which their sculptures can be sold.
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