Serpentine Stone Sculptures

Hand-carved by Shona artisans, these soapstone sculptures personify ukama, or the bonds of family.
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Shona artisans

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Shona artisans

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Ukama: The Loving Family

Beautifully hand crafted by Shona artisans of Zimbabwe, these serpentine stone sculptures are known as "Ukama" or "Loving Family."

Carved from one solid piece of stone, these stunning and sturdy examples of African art symbolize unity and the shared spirit of the family.

Click to view possible color variations of this handmade item variation 1, variation 2, variation 3, variation 4.

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

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Made in Zimbabwe

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.

Handmade
Made from
stone
Measurements
Dancing Couple: 6" H x 6" dia., Mother and Child: 6" - 7" H x 2.5" dia.
Item ID
18597

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within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
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within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
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within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
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will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.


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4.8

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (26)
  • Unique (24)
  • Visually pleasing (14)
  • Durable (10)
  • Bright (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gifts (33)
  • Living room (15)
  • Display (13)
  • Office (9)
  • Home (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (20), Collector (5), Artist (3), Decorator (3), Gift giver (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (21)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (8), Wife (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (4), Mother’s day (4), Weddings (3)

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5.0

Beautiful craftmanship

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from Denver, CO

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts
    • Kitchen
    • Living Room
    • Office

    Comments about UncommonGoods Serpentine Stone Sculptures:

    The stone sculpture will be beautiful to display in my family's home and is a wonderful gift to give to represent the importance of family.

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

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    5.0

    A Very Nice Gift

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    from Cupertino,CA

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Excellent workmanship
    • High Quality Material And
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gifts
      • Living Room
      • Office

      Comments about UncommonGoods Serpentine Stone Sculptures:

      A lovely piece of art.

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

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      5.0

      Love this piece!

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      from San Francisco, CA

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts
        • Living Room

        Comments about UncommonGoods Serpentine Stone Sculptures:

        Very aesthetically pleasing to the eye, it's a timeless piece that will evoke personal memories every time I look at it. It's a great value for its price. One small downside is that it has a narrow base, so it's easy to accidentally knock over.

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

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        5.0

        Great wedding gift

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        from Rio, WI

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        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gifts

          Comments about UncommonGoods Serpentine Stone Sculptures:

          Great wedding gift that is unique and has a nice story about where it came from. We had it shipped to California directly to the couple. When we arrived at their house it was displayed on their mantle. Only disappointment is that there was a cheap sticker on the back that said "made in Zimbabwe".

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was quick and got there in one piece.

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

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          5.0

          First Mothers Day gift for my Daughter

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          from Fort Myers, FL

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          Pros

          • Attractive Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gifts

            Comments about UncommonGoods Serpentine Stone Sculptures:

            As this was shipped as a gift 1500 miles away, I didn't see it, but the response told me it's beautiful. PS: it was the mother and child sculpture

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

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            5.0

            Mother & child sculpture

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            from Michigan

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Beautiful
            • sentimental
            • Unique

            Cons

            • Delicate

            Best Uses

            • Gifts
            • Keepsake Display
            • Living Room

            Comments about UncommonGoods Serpentine Stone Sculptures:

            I bought this for my wife for mothers day from our 18 month old. She absolutely loves it! Very beautiful handade piece. Just the right size for a bookshelf or mantel display. Worth every penny for a hand made piece.

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

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            4.0

            Adorable

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            from Centreville, VA

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable
            • Solid
            • Unique

            Cons

            • Small Then The Picture

            Best Uses

            • Gifts
            • Living Room
            • Office

            Comments about UncommonGoods Serpentine Stone Sculptures:

            This little sclupture was super cute and my mom loved it. It was slightly smaller then the picture showed it to be but we loved it just the same.

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

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very nice!

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            from NY, NY

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gifts
              • Living Room
              • Office

              Comments about UncommonGoods Serpentine Stone Sculptures:

              Lovely statue.

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

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              5.0

              Exceptional!

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              from Palm Beach, Florida

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              Pros

              • A Gift I Would Love
              • Amazing Detail
              • Attractive Design
              • Durable
              • Fits any decor
              • Memorable Gift
              • Perfect Wedding Gift
              • Truly A Work Of Art
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Can be displayed anywhere
                • Gifts
                • Living Room
                • Office

                Comments about UncommonGoods Serpentine Stone Sculptures:

                Perfect gift for middle aged newlyweds that have everything! Bride and groom have both been married before so buying the usual wedding type gift or writing a check or give a gift card didn't seem appropriate. This artist's theme of love and the bonding of two hearts, minds and spirits is a perfect representation of the new lives they will celebrate on their wedding day and forever.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Ordering was simple, delivered as promised and very carefully packaged. Uncommon Goods really showed me, especially be the packaging that they are a on-line company that strives for customer satisfaction and repeat business.

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

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                4.0

                Really pretty

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                from Fremont, ca

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                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gifts
                  • Office

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Serpentine Stone Sculptures:

                  Really pretty and well made

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

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