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"African Elephant" Abstract Serpentine Stone Art Handmade in Zimbabwe by CuthProduct DescriptionAn attractive large Shona stone Elephant abstract from Zimbabwe by artist Cuth (inscribed on rear). Hand carved and highly polished leaving a fantastic sheen to the rock surface.Serpentine stone boasts an array of colors that cannot be described. No one stone is alike. The reason for this is the many mineral inclusions within the stone giving its unique color variation. The name "Serpentine" comes from an association with the characteristics of a serpents skin. Serpentine is the most commonly used stone because of the varying hardness for both master sculptors, as well as his apprentice. Serpentine rates between 2.5 to 5.5, depending on mineral inclusions, on the universally used Mohs hardness scale,a diamond rates at 10.Read more below on howShona sculpture is unique to Zimbabwe where it originated. Weighs 13.4 lbs. Measures 12.5 inches high by 11.5 inches across and about 5 inches deep.Thanks for looking and helping to support the artists.ElephantFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaElephantsare large landmammalsin twogeneraof thefamilyElephantidae:ElephasandLoxodonta. Threespeciesof elephant areliving today: theAfrican Bush Elephant, theAfrican Forest Elephantand theAsian Elephant(also known as the Indian Elephant). All other species and generaof Elephantidae areextinct, some since the lastice age: dwarf forms ofmammothsmay have survived as late as 2,000BC. Elephants and otherElephantidae were once classified with other thick-skinned animals in a now invalidorder, Pachydermata. Elephants are thelargestland animals now living.The elephant'sgestationperiod is 22months, the longest of any land animal. At birth it is common for an elephant calf to weigh 120kilograms (260lb). They typically live for 50 to 70years, but the oldest recorded elephantlived for 82years.The largest elephant ever recorded was shot inAngolain 1956. This male weighed about 24,000lb (11,000kg),with ashoulder height of 3.96metres (13.0ft), a metre (yard) taller than the average male African elephant.The smallest elephants, about the size of acalf or a large pig, were a prehistoric species that lived on the island ofCreteduring thePleistoceneepoch.Elephants are a symbol ofwisdomin Asian cultures and are famed for their memory andintelligence, where they are thought to be on par withcetaceansandhominids.Aristotleonce said the elephant was "the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind".African ElephantAfrican elephant,African Bush Elephant, andAfrican Forest Elephantis typically larger than the Asian elephant and has a concave back. In Asian elephants only males have tusks, but both males and females of Africanelephants are distinguished from Asian elephants in several ways, the most noticeable being their much larger ears. Also, the Africanelephants have tusks and are usually less hairy than their Asian cousins.African elephants have traditionally been classified as a single species comprising two distinct subspecies, namely thesavannaelephant(Loxodonta africana africana) and the forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis), but recentDNA analysissuggests that these may actually constitutedistinct species.This split is not universally accepted by expertsand a third species of African elephant has also been proposed.This reclassification has implications forconservation. If there are two separate species, each will be less abundant and could be more endangered thana more numerous and wide-ranging single species. Conversely, there is also a potential danger that, if the forest elephant is not explicitly listed as anendangered species,poachersand smugglers might be able to evade the law forlooking trade in endangered animals and their products.Shona ArtFrom Wikipedia:Shona artis contemporary stone sculpture fromZimbabwe. African stone sculpture is not traditional, although much of its subject matter has traditional roots. The art movement began around 1956 and was initiated byFrank McEwenwho at the time was the Director of The National Gallery of Rhodesia.During its early years of growth, it was described as an art renaissance, an art phenomenon and a miracle. Critics and collectors could not understand how an art genre had developed with such vigour, spontaneity and originality in an area of Africa which had none of the great sculptural heritage of West Africa and had previously been described in terms of the visual arts as artistically barren.Fifteen years of sanctions against the country obscured works from the Western world (apart from highly acclaimed exhibitions organised by Frank Mc Ewen in major museums such as Musee dArt Moderne, Paris; Musee Rodin, Paris; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London). Yet these years also witnessed the honing of technical skills, the deepening of expressive power, the use of harder and different stones and the creation of many outstanding works.Since independence in 1980, the sculpture has been exhibited in the art capitals of the world and great acclaim has been accrued to the artists and the art form.In spite of the increasing demand, as yet little commercialisation has occurred. The most dedicated of artists display a high degree of integrity, never copying and still working entirely by hand, with spontaneity and a confidence in their skills, unrestricted by tedious drawings or measuring.The sculpture speaks of fundamental human experiences - experiences such as grief, elation, humour, anxiety and spiritual search - and has always managed to communicate these in a profoundly simple and direct way that is both rare and extremely refreshing. The artist 'works' together with his stone and it is believed that 'nothing which exists naturally is inanimate'- it has a spirit and life of its own. One is always aware of the stone's contribution in the finished sculpture and it is indeed fortunate that in Zimbabwe a magnificent range of stones are available from which to choose - hard black springstone, richly coloured serpentine and steatites, firm grey limestone and semi-precious Verdite and Lepidolite***********************************************Please browse through my other listings in my eCRATER store here:http://stores.eCRATER.com/africancraftworkYou will find :Exclusive hand carved Shona Stone sculptures.Musical instruments from Zimbabwe such as drums, mbiras, maracas & marimbas.Wire frame & beaded motorcycles, cars and animals, all hand assembled.An expanding quality selection of baskets and batik wall hangings.Walking sticks, masks and other ethnic curio & artifacts.Thank you!inkfrog terapeaki000000inkFrog Analytics