Shona Stone Mother and Child Sculpture 131713 - Africa Direct
Shona sculptures are usually made from a variety of stones, including serpentine and soapstone, and are carved using simple hand tools. The process of creating a sculpture can take anywhere from a few hours to several weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the piece. The finished sculptures often depict human figures or animals, and are characterized by their smooth, flowing lines and abstract forms. The origins of Shona sculpture can be traced back to the 1950s, when a group of artists began experimenting with new styles and techniques. These artists were influenced by both traditional African art and modernist movements such as Cubism and Abstract Expressionism. They sought to create a new form of African art that would reflect the unique cultural identity of Zimbabwe.