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Garden Smile - 22.5"


Price: $170.00
This African art form is known as Shona sculpture because it is carved by the Shona of Zimbabwe.  Central to Shona culture is the support and success of the family.  The 'Mudzimu' are ancestral spirits and, together with other spirits, control every aspect of Shona life.  They are the family's protectors and spiritual guides.  Often, these spirits speak to the sculptors through their dreams and create inspiration for new works of art.  The manifestation of these spirits in stone created by the Shona sculptors are, in general, fantastically abstract.  These sculptures are very meaningful to the artists and each piece is a testament to the sculptor's creativity and vision.

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 usually 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.  
 
Note - this sculpture is being offered at a lower than normal price because it does not have a flat base, however it would be perfect for an outdoor garden spot on soil!

Medium:  Stone
Artist:  Limpoperi
 
Height:  22 1/2  inches
Width:  13 inches
Weight:  88 pounds
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