sculpture is made by the Shona tribe

I’m obviously very poorly read, and really uneducated with respects to the African continent. Recently, though, I’ve been hearing about Shona sculpture (mainly because they sent me a press release), and how it’s taking the world by storm.

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p> So I did some research (meaning I read the press release) to learn more about some part of the African continent I won’t be visiting anytime soon, so I can continue to pretend to be knowledgeable amongst my more well-travelled friends.

Shona sculpture is made by the Shona tribe (surprise, surprise), the oldest tribe in Zimbabwe, which actually means “House of Stone” in the Shona dialect. The stone carvers, using only basic hand tools, work with local stone in groups, working the stone as it speaks to them. (No, these people aren’t hallucinating, just very spiritual). Shona sculpture achieved international acclaim in the ’50s when Picasso and Henry Moore first recognised its richness of meaning in our current state of loss and search for the meaning of life.

Who should take a look: Arty-farty wannabes, artists, people in a state of angst, depressives, and anyone who appreciates an alien culture and its beauty. And if it brings you meaning in life, you can buy it back at a great price. All proceeds go to helping AIDS victims and their families in Zimbabwe, so it’s good for your karma too. The STONEHOUSE Collection will be open to public from 20The October onwards at BAROSSA Signature. More art pieces will be arriving throughout November, so do pay a frequent visit to it. You might find the Shona you’ve been looking for, like the sculpture to the left entitled “Deeper Levels of Love” carved in Opalstone.


Barossa, 69 Kim Yam Road, Tel: 6471 2042, 6887 4271, barossa@singnet.com.sg