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kissing lovers sculpture

by Shona artisans $48.00
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Kiss and Tell

Embrace tradition with this tender soapstone sculpture hand-carved by Shona artisans in Zimbabwe. Shaped from a single stone, this symbolic serpetine sculpture illustrates the unbreakable bonds of love. Using a technique passed down by their ancestors, modern-day Shona artisans hand-pick and quarry their stones and carve them using simple tools and polish the finished product with sand and beeswax. The final touch: Each sculpture is heated over a fire to bring out the natural luminescence of the stone. Handmade in Zimbabwe. Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary.

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

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7" H x 4" W, 2 lbs.
Due to the handmade nature of this item, some variance is to be expected.
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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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