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Hand Painted Animal Safari

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These colorful creatures are handcrafted by a family-run, artisan collective based in Zimbabwe and are positivity packed with wild style! The creation of these tin animals ensures that the expressive techniques used are passed from elders to the next generation of crafters.

The artisans snip, shape, and connect malleable sheets of tin into wild animals found in their native country, including the nzou (elephant, in their native Shona language), shumba (lion), twiza (giraffe), and chipembere (rhino). Their metal artworks are then finished with coats of vibrant paint rich with distinct patterns. Nestle them between your books, or prop them on dressers, tables, and desks to bring the excitement of an African safari to your home. Handmade in Zimbabwe.
Tin, paint
Katie Giannone, UncommonGoods Associate Buyer
Giraffe: 3" L x 1.5" W x 8.25" H
Rhino: 7" L x 2" W x 3.75" H
Lion: 7" L x 3" W x 4" H

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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

March 14, 2013 09:55:52 AM

We're absolutely wild about these handmade tin sculptures. We love the colors, the shapes, and, of course, the delightful animal shapes. Which of these beautiful beasts is your favorite?

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March 14, 2013 06:27:16 PM

What stunning original creatures! Not only as these beautiful, it's nice to help out while bringing a bit of Africa to your house.

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March 14, 2013 06:46:16 PM

Love the vibrant colors!

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March 14, 2013 08:15:49 PM

Love the bold vibrant colors. Would not think twice about purchasing them.

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March 14, 2013 10:18:38 PM

Super fun! Love the colors!

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March 15, 2013 02:18:15 AM

I love African animals having traveled there. Have seen

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March 15, 2013 11:09:43 AM

Just darn cool!

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March 15, 2013 10:42:16 PM

I want to buy these!!


March 17, 2013 01:03:40 PM

Beautiful and fun!

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March 18, 2013 09:05:47 PM

Yes of there's a fair-trade element to these - very, very cute.

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March 21, 2013 11:28:18 PM


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March 22, 2013 01:04:25 AM

Vibrant! Refreshing! Simply art!

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March 22, 2013 02:13:20 AM

I like these but I would be concerned about the safety of the metal and the paint since I'm sure kids will love them too.

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March 22, 2013 05:43:11 AM

I like all of these colorful animals.

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March 22, 2013 05:49:31 AM

What tiny, exquisite works of art.

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March 22, 2013 03:26:59 PM

I am in LOVE with that elephant. My only question would be if they would have to be as a set, separately, or both?

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

March 22, 2013 04:50:23 PM

Glad you like them, Elinore! They would each be sold separately.

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March 24, 2013 12:27:38 AM

I bought the giraffe several years ago from another vendor.

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March 24, 2013 10:37:33 AM

I just love the colors! Great find

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March 25, 2013 06:31:33 PM

Nice gift item depending on cost.

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March 25, 2013 08:17:11 PM

Love the colors!

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March 25, 2013 08:17:26 PM

Love these! Especially love the fact that they are handmade in Zimbabwe! I would most definitely purchase and have them in my office

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March 25, 2013 08:21:18 PM

Love that they're made in Africa - colors are so eye catching and something that lots of kids can play with. Do NOT like the elephant trunk though, it's very snake-y.

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March 25, 2013 09:50:05 PM

Beautiful and so African in design.

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March 26, 2013 05:42:16 AM

love the colors, and that they are tin, not paper.. very artistic!

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March 26, 2013 06:15:26 PM

Cute ,but can the metal edges cut kids?

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March 27, 2013 01:24:50 AM

So pretty

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