This Shona Sculpture is a group of 5 Hippos carved in Lepidolite. This large, dynamic, highly detailed piece is a highly ornamental sculpture from the Chitungwiza Art Centre in Zimbabwe.
This listing is for this specific piece - you will receive the item photographed.
The uniquely crafted hippopotamus family is made from Lepidolite and has a graceful, natural purple and lavender hued texture, polished to gleaming perfection. The lepidolite grew alongside serpentine, giving is some distinct markings (see the black dots on one of the larger hippos).
Dimensions: 26 cm x 20 cm x 8.5 cm
Weight: 2.18 kg
Lepidolite is a calming stone. It is a type of mica, not to be confused with amethyst.
The Chitungwiza Art Centre is Zimbabwe’s largest arts cooperative, with numerous prolific sculptors and artists that Nharo visits often.
Nharo started traveling to Zimbabwe in late 2002 and has been traveling back and forth ever since, doing business with various art cooperatives and individuals. We work to bring beautiful, original pieces to the North American market.