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About the Stone

The Great Dyke, a 310-mile ridge of ancient hills, contains the longest linear mineralogical mass in the world. The area is laced with over 225 different colors of serpentine, the most often used stone in Shona sculpture. Another stone that is found here, verdite, is also prized for its deep emerald color and swirling lines. The ridges in these hills have enabled an unusual mixture of minerals to form, giving the artists a large variety of colors and shadings to choose from. The smooth appearance of Shona sculpture is created by hand sanding the stone with wet sandpaper, and then firing the stone and applying layers of hot wax.

"Protected by our Ancestors" sculpted by Henry Munyaradzi
Credit: Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

Sculpture Protected by our Ancestors by Henry Munyaradzi

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