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family soapstone sculptures

by Shona artisans $70.00 - 200.00
Handmade
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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.

  • details
Handmade
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Item ID
20739
Made from
soapstone
Measurements
Family of 3: 8" H; Family of 4 or 5: 10" H; Family of 6: 16" H
  • the maker

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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FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES
 
4.7

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (56)
  • Easy to clean (28)
  • Durable (26)
  • Unique (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gifts (33)
  • Large rooms (16)
  • Small rooms (14)
  • Bedroom (12)
  • Living room (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (44), Budget shopper (11), High-end shopper (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (53)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (71), No (9)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (16), Mother (11), Child (10), Wife (9), Husband (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (18), Mother’s day (13), Other (10), Anniversary (9)

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5.0

Great piece of art

By 

from Albuquerque, NM

About Me Budget Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Easy To Clean

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Gifts
    • Large Rooms
    • Small Rooms

    Comments about FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES:

    My mom loved it, she said it was well made and beautiful.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Mother
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Mother’s Day

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    good description

    By 

    from NJ

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Clean

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bedroom
      • Large Rooms
      • Small Rooms

      Comments about FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES:

      Arrived quickly in perfect condition

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes, Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Anniversary

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Nice

      By 

      from Newalla, OK

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Clean

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts

        Comments about FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES:

        Very nice

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes, Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Mother
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Other

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful. Subtle

        By 

        from Salt Lake City.

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Clean

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES:

            Beautiful, smooth finish. Very subtle effect. We are a blended amily of three. This is perfect.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Self
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Other

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great gift!

            By 

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES:

                  I bought the 3 person sculpture as a belated wedding present for my sister, brother-in-law and niece- they loved it and how it symbolized their union and family.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Wedding

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Lovely Sculpture

                  By 

                  from Washington DC

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gifts
                    • Large Rooms
                    • Small Rooms

                    Comments about FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES:

                    This is a sculpture meant to sit on a bookcase or desk, etc.

                    It is a discussion piece

                    Very sturdy and beautiful

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Fast Delivery

                    By FAR...the best packaged "anything" I have ever bought online!!!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Other
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    It was absolutely the perfect Christmas.

                    By 

                    from Pekin, IL

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Clean

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES:

                        Super fast delivery, well packed, wonderful quality!!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes, Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Child
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Christmas or Hanukkah

                        Comment on this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love it!

                        By 

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Budget Shopper

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Clean

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Bedroom
                          • Gifts
                          • Large Rooms

                          Comments about FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES:

                          This product is the real deal. The heavy stone and beautiful design for my sister with her family of five will be a piece that lasts forever. This piece awed everyone I showed at work when the package arrived!!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes, Yes
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Other
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Christmas or Hanukkah

                          Comment on this review

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A Uniquely Expressive Gift

                          By 

                          from Burr Ridge, IL

                          About Me Midrange Shopper

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Clean
                          • Thoughtfully Presented
                          • Well-executed

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Bedroom
                            • Gifts
                            • Large Rooms
                            • Small Rooms

                            Comments about FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES:

                            I bought this as a wedding gift for a friend who as a single mother has been raising four children and this sculpture perfectly expressed their new union as a family of six and additionally is the very first piece of real art in a household that is otherwise devoid of anything truly beautiful. I thought it was far more needed and would be much more appreciated than a blender or such.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes, Yes
                            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                            • Other
                            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                            • Wedding

                            Comment on this review

                             
                            5.0

                            Beautiful push present for my wife!

                            By 

                            from Santa Barbara, CA

                            About Me Midrange Shopper

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Clean

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • centerpiece
                              • Gifts
                              • Large Rooms
                              • Small Rooms

                              Comments about FAMILY SOAPSTONE SCULPTURES:

                              I gave the Family of 5 sculpture to my wife for her "push present" after the birth of our 3rd child. She was amazed, surprised and instantly fell in love with the original piece. It will be a centerpiece and topic of conversation in our home for many years to come.

                              Service and delivery comments:

                              Great communication from seller throughout purchase.
                              Delicate item came very carefully packaged with plenty of bubble wrap, paper shavings, and foam.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes
                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                              • Wife
                              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                              • Other

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                              Q and A

                              When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                              195votes, 28 comments

                              Meya
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I love things like this and wouldn't mind spending the money if the size is bigger then the ones you currently carry. Also what about families of two or one adult and two children.

                              Lindsay
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Very lovely, but how big is it? The Value is dependent on the size.

                              Sonya

                              I have one of these sculptures, a fertility one. It's well carved of high quality materials.

                              Susannah
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Very simple, yet beautiful.

                              Julia, UncommonGoods Community Organizer

                              Thanks for the feedback ya'll! The sculpture measures approx. 10" H x 4" W x 2" D, so it's great for a desk, coffee table or shelf.

                              Natalie
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I think the design is beautiful- the simple form makes it a great piece. I also wish I knew what the scale was for size

                              Emilie
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I really like this. I wish there were others with more children.

                              Nicole
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Sublime.

                              kathleen
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              nice piece of art

                              Nina
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              I dont know about u but i've seen this design at every pier 1 imports

                              a
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Wondering how big it is? The dimensions are not given.

                              hannah
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I have seen this a lot though.

                              Jennifer
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I'm torn. It's beautiful, but it's not exactly uncommon.

                              Suzanne
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Pretty but common.

                              Valerie
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Similar to most others. But has nice lines.

                              Sharon
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Need to give dimensions for an accurate representation. I have seen several similar items available at other stores.

                              Mallory
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I agree with others that this is very common.

                              Dionne
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Don't waste your time. It's been done many times and cheaper. Definitely doesn't fit the name "Uncommon Good".

                              Jevita
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Beautiful sculpture, but it's not uncommon. I've seen these in all kinds of stores.

                              Christine
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Just don't like it at all. Too pricey!

                              Cheryl
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Not "uncommon" and again, price is too high b/c of a name!

                              Heather
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I like it, but like so many others have stated, this isn't very uncommon at all. Also, I agree with the complaint that no dimensions were given, and this does sseem a bit high priced.

                              Jess
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Ive seen this multiple times other places and for much cheaper. I am almost positive I've seen this at my local Hallmark for $25 or so. I would definately own this, its beautiful, but not through this store as it is way to expensive!

                              Susan
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Did someone attach the wrong product story to this image??????

                              Cheryl
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              I don't think the right product is matched up to the description.

                              Bibblie

                              really cute! gotta love it!Note: CHILL out, you wet dish-rags. This is a REALLY cute idea. Honestly, you guys make me depressed with your negetivity!

                              Donna

                              I was given this as a gift and appreciated it very much. Family is my top priority and this is touching symbol.

                              Tina

                              This would make a very nice gift for a new family.

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