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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
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (12)
  • Unique (11)
  • Classic style (7)
  • Durable (5)
  • Fits theme (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Decoration (11)
    • Gift (8)
    • Just for fun (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Midrange shopper (10), Budget shopper (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    What an Awesome Stone 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...Read complete review

    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.

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    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

    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.

       
      5.0

      Couldn't be happier!

      By mps24j

      from Warren, MI

      About Me Midrange shopper

      Verified Buyer

      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.

        (2 of 2 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.

            (2 of 2 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

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            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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful and Unusual Sculpture

            By Karen

            from Fayetteville, GA

            About Me Midrange shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Durable

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Decoration
            • Gift

            Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

            I bought this as a gift for my stepmother who collects elephants of every kind. As a result, I was attracted to this piece (a picture in the NG Catalog) because it was such an unusual, and beautiful, piece of art. It was a Mother's Day gift. When received, she called me and was thrilled with the gift. It was unlike any that she had and, because it was so unusual, she loved it! I haven't seen it yet, but she said it was so big and beautiful. I can't wait to see it for myself. It sounds like it exceeded my expectations, as I know that NG merchandise is always high quality.

             
            5.0

            Beautiful statue

            By darisanm

            from New York, NY

            About Me Midrange shopper

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            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Classic
            • Durable
            • Festive
            • Fits Theme
            • Unique

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Decoration

            Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

            love it in my livingroom

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            So very pleased with the NatGeo Art.

            By Tdarjer

            from Port Ludlow, Washington

            About Me Midrange shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Classic
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Decoration

              Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

              My wife has been on a trip to Africa and in her travel saw the many natural sight sights of the Nations. The Shona statuettes were my gift to her as a memory of her trip.

               
              4.0

              This product fulfilled our expectations

              By Carol

              from San Diego, Ca

              About Me Budget shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Classic
              • Fits Theme
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Decoration

                Comments about African Shona Elephant Sculpture:

                This is a beautiful piece that is representative of the work of people in Africa that symbolizes important relationships. It has meaning to us because immediate relatives lived in Africa.

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