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Shona Hippo Sculpture


Price: $45.00
The Hippo is an animal that is very territorial and extremely loyal to its offspring.  Hippos are very common along the banks of the Zambezi River in Western Zimbabwe and people visiting or living in that area must take care to avoid harm.  From a distance, hippos appear playful and boisterous, exhibiting facial features and actions that belie their true ferocity.  Nevertheless, it is these warm and humorous features that the Shona carvers choose to celebrate in many of
their sculptures.
 
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. 
 
Height:  2 inches
Length:  5 inches
 
An information card with the above information and care instructions will be included with your sculpture.
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