Sculpture for Christmas
Buying presents for folks at Christmas is always hard for me. I don’t just want the usual fair. I went to buy something s bit more special, something that shows a bit more thought. And this year I think I’ve found the perfect gift idea.
It’s something that most people wouldn’t have come across, so I know it’s going to be something special. So what I’ve decided to do is to buy everyone some art. Small sculptures, African sculptures, from Zimbabwe. Also called Shona Sculpture. There’s some good examples here African Shona Sculpture
Shona Sculpture – A taste of Africa
I came across this by accident, a colleague of mine comes from Zimbabwe, a very nice lady and we have coffee together. As time went by, we got to meet up outside the office and would go shopping together. I’d invite her to my house for one of our many barbecues and she, in return, invited me to her house for a braai (this is how Zimbabweans refer to a barbecues).
The first time I went there, I was immediately impressed by her many stone statues, sculptures. There were animals, human figures, abstract forms. All hand carved and all individual. There’s no mass production here.
They looked wonderful. So natural, so beautiful. Years ago they would have been hard to find in this country because they’re stone, they’re heavy. But now they’re easy to obtain. The only difficult part is choosing which one. They’re all so good. In the end, it all comes down to personal taste.
For my family I’ve decided to get more abstract designs. As I said no two are alike and that’s going to make for perfect a presents. And not too big, maximum 12 inches high will be fine.
I just have to wrap them up and take to my family individually and hopefully they’ll love them. Just as I do.