Discover the art of Shona stone sculpture with Melissa Hand, buyer for Ten Thousand Villages In Zimbabwe, the ancient traditions of the Shona people come to life through art. The Shona have a belief that everything-even stone-contains a "life spirit." To carve a stone is to set its spirit free. Sculptors watch in awe as the stone takes the shape it was always meant to have. In the capital city of Harare, lies the business of Robert Barclay Stewart and Anthea Doreen. Mujibha Exports is the result of a collaborative effort between Robert, his mother, Anthea, and the master Shona craftsmen of Zimbabwe, to assist with the needful task of exporting these unique one of a kind art pieces. The business embraces the importance family, country and the artistic culture that is Zimbabwe-Roberts homeland. He has a strong pride for his native country, as do the artisans who create these statues. Connection to the land and its tribal origins create a culture which fuels the creative drive within each artisan. With many Shona sculptors being self-taught, they draw inspiration from nature and the people that surround their lives. Spirituality and emotional connection also play a big part in how they create their art and see the world around them. Shona sculpting is more than just a livelihood; it is a method of self-expression and a preservation of the Zimbabwean culture.
- Shona Stone
- 6Wx23H inches
- Handcrafted in Zimbabwe
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