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"Ambuya" Shona Verdite Art Sculpture ~S.Witty Zimbabwe!

"Ambuya" Shona Verdite Art Sculpture ~S.Witty Zimbabwe!

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Your browser does not support JavaScript.To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click Here. Double your traffic. Get Vendio Gallery - Now FREE!An amazing Shona sculpture by artist Shama Witty in Zimbabwe. Hand carved from a beautiful piece of Verdite which is classified semi precious.Verdite, also known as "Africa's Green Gold", is highly sought after by artists. Only the more experienced sculptor will dare sculpt from this hard stone. Verdite rates between a 7.0-9.0, depending on the amount of Corrundum inclusions, on the universally used Mohs hardness scale.Verdites color is unique in that it boasts an Emerald looking quality with beautiful brown and green striations. Unfortunately, verdite is fast becoming rare and is difficult to find. Carvings from this stone will become increasingly more valuable.Carving stone is not as easy as one may think particularly taking into consideration that this is all hand carved using the most primitive of tools and without machinery. Notice the brilliant color range and exquisite detail in this piece. Read more about Shona sculpture below and how it is unique to Zimbabwe. This piece captures in stone the essence of "Ambuya". Ambuya translates to Grandmother in Shona and is a term of endearment and respect. Ambuya's image has become an icon in African culture. Thiscould make a great gift for someone or could also look great placed on a pedestal or on a large bookshelf maybe. I have a range of work by Shama Witty whose pieces make up some of my favorite examples of exceptional Shona Art. Retail on this would be over $1000. Weighs approximately 19lbs.The price you pay includes insurance for peace of mind. I ship quickly, almost always by the next day. Thanks for looking and helping to support the artists.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: 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!Your browser does not support JavaScript.To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser.
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