African Queen

Farai Mangenda

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African Queen by Farai Mangenda

Shona Stone Sculpture

Type of Stone: Butter Jade

Dimensions: 16 x 8 x 9 inches

This piece was inspired by how modern African women have embraced their natural looks and have redefined beauty to their own standards, embracing their diversity and ethnicity. They are queens of their culture

FARAI MANGENDA

Born in 1976, he started learning the art of Shona sculpture in March 1994 under the guidance of Charles Chikazunga, and by 1996 he had perfected his skills. He specializes in heads, bust figures, and portraits. His sculpture is recognized worldwide.

ABOUT THE STONE:

Every sculpture is made from natural stone and varies slightly due to the nature of the stone and natural grain which is part of the stone. Some stones will contain inclusions, pits, or fissures as a result of its geological formation. The natural recurring iron/seaweed strata lines in the stone give the stone its character and makes it unique.

Natural lines are colorful lines formed within the stone. These are not flaws, but rather signifies the authenticity of the product. Only skilled sculptors are able to work with the stone due its hardness. The stone can withstands harsh weather conditions and can be placed in a natural environment.

SHIPPING:

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Where the Stone is Found

The typical Shona stone is an abundant material in Zimbabwe, with much of the stone coming from the counties “Great Dyke”. This geological formation which stretches along Lake Kariba on Zimbabwe's southern border with Zambia contains some 375 minerals plus fossils dating back 500 million years ago

Shona sculptures come in many shapes and sizes, as they are usually carved from pieces of stone that vary considerably. The stones most often used in Shona sculpture are sandstone, serpentine and granite.

How The Sculptures Are Created