These African stone sculptures are known as Shona sculpture, or Zimbabwe Shona sculpture because they are hand carved by the Shona of Zimbabwe. The Shona people of Zimbabwe have been hand sculpting stone into works of art for nearly a thousand years. Even though the craft is ancient, the style has continually evolved and the carvings created today are both beautiful and elegant. The contemporary, yet eternal, shape of these sculptures bring splendor to the home and compliments any decor. The themes these sculptures portray represent esteemed values in the Shona culture of family, love, life and nature.
The stone is serpentine and can be found in Zimbabwe with colors ranging from black and green to yellows, orange, grey, red, and even purple. Each piece is unique, both in the expression made by the sculptor's hands and in the natural patterns in the rock formed millions of years ago.
Zimbabwe" means "great stone house" so it is fitting that stone sculpture is the art that most represents the people of Zimbabwe. The exuberance of the work, the vast varieties of stone, and the great skill and imagination of the sculptors has led to many years of major exhibitions worldwide; which have been greeted by extraordinary critical acclaim.
Zimbabwean stone sculpture, despite the political and social upheavals across the country, remains a truly contemporary force, combining successfully with an ancient cultural heritage. The art is direct, powerfully human and extremely beautiful.