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African Elephant Sculpture


Price: $45.00
In Shona folklore, the elephant or 'Nzou' symbolizes patience and long life.  Elephants are esteemed by the Shona for their great devotion, loyalty and dedication for one another - all  fundamental values in the Shona culture.  Family bonds, respect for eachother,  support, and love are central to the Shona beliefs and the elephant, symbolizes this to them. 
 
This African art form is known as Shona sculpture because it is carved by the Shona of Zimbabwe.  The Shona people of Zimbabwe have been hand sculpting stone into works of art for nearly a thousand years.   Even though the craft is ancient, the style has continually evolved and the carvings created today are both beautiful and elegant.  The contemporary, yet eternal, shape of these sculptures bring splendor to the home and compliments any decor.  The themes these sculptures portray represent  esteemed values in the Shona culture of family, love, life and nature.
 
The stone is serpentine and can be found in Zimbabwe with  colors ranging from black and green to yellows, orange, grey, red, and even purple.  Each piece is unique, both in the expression made by the sculptor's hands and in the natural patterns in the rock formed millions of years ago. 
 
An information and care instruction card will be included with your sculpture.
 
Medium:  Serpentine Stone
 
Height:  4 1/2 inches
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