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family soapstone sculptures

by Shona artisans $70.00 - 200.00
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You're My Rock

Hand-carved using an time-honored technique by Shona artisans in Zimbabwe, these powerful soapstone sculptures personify "ukama," or the bonds of family.

Carefully carved from a single piece of soapstone, the outstretched arms of parents and children embrace in one symbolic structure of love and connectivity. A beautiful addition to any home, these one-of-a-kind pieces celebrate the unity and spirit of your family with artistry. Available for families of three to six. Handmade in Zimbabwe.

Sold individually.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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Family of 3: 8" H; Family of 4 or 5: 10" H; Family of 6: 16" H
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Shona artisans

The Shona tribe of Zimbabwe, literally translated as "the house of stone," are considered by many to be among the world's finest sculptors.

Modern Shona artisans select and quarry their own stones, just as their ancestors did thousands of years ago. Statues are hand-carved using simple chisels, polished with sand and beeswax, and heated on a fire to bring out their brilliant colors.

Shona Sculpture is arguably the most significant art form to emerge from Southern Africa this century. The contemporary designs and emphasis on family and relationships enable these sculptures to be incorporated into almost any living environment. collection

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