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African Shona Elephant Sculpture

$79.00

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Shona art, created by Zimbabwe's largest tribe, is one of the most significant art forms to come out of Africa in the 20th century. Family relationships, such as this pair, are often represented by the animal kingdom in Shona art. The artists believe that their chiseling and polishing releases the spirit form that is trapped within the rapoka stone. As each piece is one of a kind, please expect variation in the color and veining of the stone.


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Approximately 6 1/2''W x 8 1/2''H x 2''D.

Supporting traditional Zimbabwean art forms, like Shona stone carving, helps bring critical income to communities throughout this southern African nation. Once the prosperous "bread basket of southern Africa," recent government actions have destroyed the agricultural industry that was the backbone of Zimbabwe's economy. The country currently has the highest inflation rate in the world, as well as the fastest shrinking economy, and unemployment is at 80%. Encouraging an international market for art and crafts exports enables those affected by the agricultural economy's collapse to support their families through the work of their own hands.

Pangani Kwinjo originally became a stone carver because his family was too poor to continue his education. Born in 1963 in Mutoko, Zimbabwe, Pangani had to leave school after the second year of secondary school to help earn money to support his brothers and sisters. He apprenticed with the carver B. Chaisanetsa in Harare, who was Pangani's mentor for many years before the younger artist had learned the skills and gained the business sense to branch out on his own.


Now an artist in his own right, Pangani's work provides income for his wife and their four children, all of whom are in school or have already graduated. It is with pride that Pangani tells that his eldest son, Tiachaona, is currently doing his "O" level exams and plans to become an artist like his father. "In the near future, I am positive that his designs will be seen the world over," says Pangani.


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African Shona Elephant Sculpture
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (15)
  • Unique (13)
  • Classic style (8)
  • Fits theme (7)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Decoration (14)
  • Gift (10)
  • Just for fun (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (14), Budget shopper (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Thrilled!

A completely beautiful sculpture of Mother Elephant and young. The stone chosen for this piece is perfect, the ornament itself is strong and sturdy as you would expect for an elephant ornament. It...Read complete review

A completely beautiful sculpture of Mother Elephant and young. The stone chosen for this piece is perfect, the ornament itself is strong and sturdy as you would expect for an elephant ornament. It is beautifully polished and extremely attractive to display. It has great depth and is smooth to the touch.
I have to comment on the packaging too, I ordered 2 items, Giraffe family and this one, they arrived together carefully packed in strong individual boxes, then re-packed into a larger box, the utmost care had been taken - impressive!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

VERY disappointed in National Geographic

The product promoted is beautiful, but the one delivered is without any of the beautiful detail in the stone that the photo exhibits. The one delivered had almost ZERO color, just a drab,...Read complete review

The product promoted is beautiful, but the one delivered is without any of the beautiful detail in the stone that the photo exhibits. The one delivered had almost ZERO color, just a drab, dark grey.

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5.0

it is perfectly beautiful!

By tranae

from nashville, tn

About Me Midrange shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Classic
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy To Store
  • Fits Theme
  • Unique

Cons

  • Easy To Scratch
  • Need Care Instructions

Best Uses

  • Decoration
  • Gift
  • Just For Fun

Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

this piece adds a gorgeous touch to an interior design. it gives a cozy,familial vibe and is, frankly, just adorable. my heart melted when i received it and i always smile when i look at it. it is easy to scratch, and there were not care instructions included on how to fix it. but, nevertheless, this statuette is a work of art. BEAUTIFUL!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disappointed

By Jeanne

from California

About Me Midrange shopper

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Decoration

Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

The carving of these elephants is very nice, but they scratch very easily and underneath is not solid stone but white stone, appears to be like soap stone. The rock color appears to be applied only on the surface. Very disappointing!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not as pictured

By Mom

from Texas

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Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

      Item I received was a dull gray with black spots, not the beautifully veined stone depicted in the pictures. Very disappointed since this was a gift for my daughter. Returned.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Shona Elephant Sculpture-beautiful

      By Rose

      from Santa Fe, NM

      About Me Midrange shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Store
      • Fits Theme
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Delicate

      Best Uses

      • Decoration
      • Gift

      Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

      This will be a gift for my future daughter-in-law who loves elephants and has worked at a place that cares for elephants.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A beautiful reminder

      By Former Floridian

      from Rochester, MN

      About Me Budget shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Decoration
        • Gift
        • Just For Fun

        Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

        My husband lived in Zimbabwe when it was still Rhodesia and at one time had a chess set carved by a local artist from this same beautiful stone. My elephants are primarily a deep, rich green, another reminder of the beauty of the country my husband had hoped to call home.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Couldn't be happier!

        By mps24j

        from Warren, MI

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Durable
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Decoration

          Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

          I collect elephants and have so many that I will only buy ones that are unique. This one is so different and so beautiful.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          VERY disappointed in National Geographic

          By John

          from California

          About Me High-end shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

              The product promoted is beautiful, but the one delivered is without any of the beautiful detail in the stone that the photo exhibits. The one delivered had almost ZERO color, just a drab, dark grey.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What an Awesome Stone Sculpture!

              By Susie Nurse

              from Skokie, IL

              About Me Midrange shopper

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Classic
              • Glad I Bought It
              • Great Craftsmanship
              • I Love Elephants
              • Keep Staring At It
              • Many Compliments
              • Precious Theme
              • Solid Heavy Stone
              • Unique
              • Very attractive
              • Would Purchase Again

              Cons

              • Absolutely NONE

              Best Uses

              • A Place Of Honor
              • Beautiful With Lighting
              • Decoration
              • Display So All Can See
              • Gift

              Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

              I debated for a while getting this sculpture because it is an investment and money has been sparse lately. But I took the leap and am oh so glad I did. This sculpture of mother and baby elephants exceeded my expectations. At first sight the piece is quite heavy and the stone is very smooth. I placed it on a high shelf where ceiling light was already there. What a sweet addition to my family room! And the craftsmanship shows the passion of the artist.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Thrilled!

              By Old English Lady

              from Newfoundland, Canada

              About Me Midrange shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Classic
              • Fits Theme
              • Unique
              • Unusual

              Cons

              • No cons

              Best Uses

              • Decoration
              • Gift

              Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

              A completely beautiful sculpture of Mother Elephant and young. The stone chosen for this piece is perfect, the ornament itself is strong and sturdy as you would expect for an elephant ornament. It is beautifully polished and extremely attractive to display. It has great depth and is smooth to the touch.
              I have to comment on the packaging too, I ordered 2 items, Giraffe family and this one, they arrived together carefully packed in strong individual boxes, then re-packed into a larger box, the utmost care had been taken - impressive!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Family Relationship: Mother and Daughter

              By Rocket

              from Tulsa, OK

              About Me Midrange shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fits Theme
              • Unique

              Cons

              • Delicate

              Best Uses

              • Decoration
              • Gift

              Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

              This was a gift to a lady whose daughter had been the headkeeper for the elephants at the Houston zoo. The daughter has since passed on. The mother loved it and immediately added it to her daughter's shrine.

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