From Zimbabwe Africa's Shona tribe artists we are now exhibiting a selection of unique, hand-carved, highly polished serpentine stone sculptures in our center gallery.
Although Zimbabwe has been afflicted by political strife, extreme poverty, unemployment, hyper-inflation, a crumbling infrastructure, and an exodus of teachers and doctors, an aspect of the culture that remains firm is the importance of family relationships. In the Shona tribe, this is beautifully represented by their unique sculptures depicting families and couples.
The stones are mined and carried back to the villages where artisans, who learned the skill from their parents, chisel away the stone spirits to reveal the soul which appears as the figurative sculptures that are now on display at Saper Galleries. The artists tell us that our buying their sculptures permits their children to attend school.
Many have acquired the Shona sculptures as gifts for newlyweds, anniversaries, in honor of a child being added to a family and other commemorative occasions. You may enjoy reading more about the sculptures and viewing those still available on our Shona sculpture page -- or visit the exhibition now in our center gallery.
Monday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm through August 4.