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"Zimbabwe Bird" Large Serpentine Shona Stone Sculpture Hand crafted in Zimbabwe!Product DescriptionA beautiful and quite large dark green serpentine Shona sculpture of the Zimbabwe bird. This hand carved abstract Shona sculpture fashioned out of a wondeful Chiweshe mined Serpentine Stone from Zimbabwe and polished to a high lustre.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.Shona Sculpture is unique to Zimbabwe where this art form has been perfected over generations. This would make a terrific and exotic gift for someone special and would look good on a small table or on a bookshelf. Please check the images for dimensions. Thanks for looking and helping to support the artists.Zimbabwe BirdFrom Wikipedia:The stone-carvedZimbabwe Birdis a national emblem ofZimbabwe, appearing on the national flags and coats of arms of both Zimbabwe andRhodesia, as well as onbanknotesand coins (first onRhodesian poundand thenRhodesian dollar). It probably represents theBateleur eagleor theAfrican Fish Eagle.The famoussoapstonebird carvings stood on walls and monoliths of the ancient city ofGreat Zimbabwebuilt starting in the 11th century and continuing for over 300 yearsby ancestors of theShona. The ruins, which gave their name to modern Zimbabwe, cover some 1,800 acres (7.3 km²) and are the largest ancient stone construction in Zimbabwe.When the ruins of Great Zimbabwe were discovered by modern civilization in the late nineteenth century, five of the carved birds they found were taken toSouth AfricabyCecil Rhodes. Four of the statues were given toZimbabweby the South African government at independence, while the fifth remains atGroote Schuur, Rhodes' former home inCape Town.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