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serpentine stone sculptures

by Shona artisans $35.00 - 68.00
Handmade

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  • the story

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.

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

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SERPENTINE STONE SCULPTURES
 
4.8

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (25)
  • Unique (23)
  • Visually pleasing (14)
  • Durable (10)
  • Bright (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gifts (32)
  • Living room (14)
  • Display (13)
  • Home (8)
  • Office (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (19), Collector (5), Artist (3), Decorator (3), Gift giver (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (20)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (7), Wife (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Mother’s day (4), Christmas or hanukkah (3), Weddings (3)

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5.0

A Very Nice Gift

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from Cupertino,CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts
    • Living Room
    • Office

    Comments about 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

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Love this piece!

    By 

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Midrange Shopper

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gifts
      • Living Room

      Comments about 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

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Great wedding gift

      By 

      from Rio, WI

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts

        Comments about 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

        By 

        from Fort Myers, FL

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gifts

          Comments about 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 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

          By 

          from Centreville, VA

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable
          • Solid
          • Unique

          Cons

          • Small Then The Picture

          Best Uses

          • Gifts
          • Living Room
          • Office

          Comments about 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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          5.0

          Very nice!

          By 

          from NY, NY

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gifts
            • Living Room
            • Office

            Comments about 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!

            By 

            from Palm Beach, Florida

            About Me High-end Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            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 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

              Comment on this review

               
              4.0

              Really pretty

              By 

              from Fremont, ca

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gifts
                • Office

                Comments about 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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                5.0

                Great Mother's Day treat

                By 

                from Oak Hill, Texas

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SERPENTINE STONE SCULPTURES:

                    This was given as a Mother's Day treat for my wife/mother of our three year old. She really liked it. It is a great size for displaying on a mantle or bookshelf.

                    • 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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