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"Medicine Man" Mixed Stone Shona Sculpture by Cuth Hand Carved in Zimbabwe!Product DescriptionA wonderful and unusual hand carved Shona sculpture depicting the "Medicine Man" or in Shona, N'anga from Zimbabwe. These are traditional healers who derive their power from midzimu and shave (vengeful spirits). They are evidence of ancestors' active involvement in ministrations to the sick. N'anga are able to consult the spirits through the use of divining dice, Shona wooden bones, animal bones, or mungomo (seeds popular among the Ndebele), are versed in the knowledge of medicinal herbs, their efficacious applications and limitations. They also exorcise evil spirits, sending them into animals or imprisoning them in stoppered bottles, which are then abandoned in the bush, where the trapped spirits await any hapless person who finds them and releases them from their prison. Highly polished leaving a fantastic sheen to the rock surface. This piece is actually created from various slices of different stones from Verdite to butter Jade and serpentine. The stone ring around his neck is moveable as well, a lot of work went into crafting this piece. It could make a great gift. This could also look great placed by a fireplace or on a bookshelf maybe. Weighs 5.8lbs. I ship quickly and this ships with UPS insured. Thanks for looking and helping to support the artists.This piece could make a great gift. This could also look great placed by a fireplace or on a bookshelf maybe. This would make a terrific and exotic gift for someone special. Check the images for dimensions or contact me for specifics. Weighs about 3.75lbs. Thanks for looking.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