A Shona abstract stone sculpture , reminiscent of Joseph Ndandarika's masterpieces , by Dominic Moses. The piece has no title but appears to be that of a very contemplative man. It is signed " Dominic Moses" and additionally the letters " D K " were added! A small, very captivating, piece of art. Picasso was said to have been significantly influenced by Shona art in his own creations.
Size : L. 28 cm. ( 11 1/32" ) x B. 8 cm. ( 3 5/32" ) x H. 16 cm. ( 6 19/64" ).
Weight : 2.66 kg. ( 5 1/2 pounds ).
Condition : very good.
Shona artists and crafts people have been working in different media for generations. These include paintings, pottery, basket ware, wood
carvings, and sculpture done in metal as well as the stone carvings. While there is not a long standing tradition of sculpture in what is now
Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia), stone carvings dating from the 15th century were seen in Great Zimbabwe, an excavated temple
near Bulawayo. Most of the artifacts from this location have been moved to museums in Cape Town, South Africa or London.
It is generally agreed that Zimbabwean stone sculpture as seen today began during the late colonial period of the 1950's and 1960's. During
this period the artists and artisans depicted many of the traditional Shona and other tribal spiritual myths.
Out of all the nations in Africa, the large varieties and abundant supplies of rock formations present throughout the Zimbabwe landscape
provide artists with a medium for sculpture and carvings unique to their country. The Shona art sculpture of Zimbabwe combines the
wonderful varieties presented by the stone with images drawn both from reality and abstract symbolism.
Much of the stone used by Shona artists is quarried in areas which are adjacent or quite near the villages where the work is created. Often
the land on which the stone is found is owned by the village or the local artists. The artists use stone such as Serpentine (somewhat old,
having been formed about 2.6 billion years ago), with more than 200 color variations. The hardest and darkest of the Serpentine varieties is
black, commonly known as Springstone or Africa stone. Less seen is Lepidolite, with its beautiful pale mauve coloration; and the very hard
Verdite, found mostly in darker shades of green but with other variations as well.
The wonderful natural character of stone is used both in its rough cut and textured state, or heated and burnished to a high gloss to reveal
rich greens, browns, blacks and grays. The hardness, shape, density and quantity used of serpentine, verdite, sandstone, granite, steatite
and other stones define the ultimate presentation of completed Shona art sculptures and carvings.
Shona serpentine stone sculpture by Dominic Moses, 2nd. half 20th century.