The Christmas Present
I’d like to tell you about the present I got my husband for Christmas. It’s a stone Shona Sculpture, very unusual and very different. I wasn’t sure if it would be appropriate but my husband loved it.
I’d been searching for something a little different and I came across this site Shona Sculpture Which has a lot of useful information about African Shona Sculpture. What I wanted was an animal sculpture, a giraffe or zebra, something African. And I found one, about 18 inches tall, quite heavy but very unique.
In fact all Shona Sculpture is unique because they’re all hand carved, so they’re all individual pieces, no two are ever alike. So our giraffe is a one of a kind and has that rural African charm about it.
Our sculpture came with a little booklet that told us about the sculptor and the town and the region of Zimbabwe here came from. Then it went into some more detail about African sculptor and in particular Shona Sculpture. Explaining the history and the source of the stone used.
Stone for Carving
The stone is quite interesting, I thought it was all the same type of rock, a soft rock called soap stone, easy to carve. But it’s not. There are all different types of stone each with its own characteristics. But more important to us is there colors and there textures. Then the skill of the sculptor comes into play making it into a truly wonderful piece of art.
Our stone elephant, looking so regal on the center of our big black coffee table, really works very well. Everyone, that sees it for the first time, passes a comment. And those comments are always positive and will then be followed by a “where did you get it?” Type question.
Well they they do make wonderful gifts and I would highly recommend one, knowing that it would be truly unique.