Resting Hippo Hand Carved In Zimbabwe
This African Hippo (Hippopotamus) sculpture is handcrafted by the Shona artisans in Zimbabwe. Hippos are part of the “Big Five” animals in Africa. Hippos live in sub-Saharan Africa in areas with abundant water, as they spend most of their time submerged to keep their skin cool and moist. The hippopotamus an aquatic mammal that cannot swim, a vegetarian that is also the most dangerous animal in Africa. This art form is known as Shona sculpture because it is hand-carved by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The Shona people have been hand sculpting stone into works of art for nearly a thousand years.
- Ethically & sustainably handcrafted
- Approximately 3.5" H x 3.5" W x 8" L
- Material: Serpentine
- Weight Approximately 5lbs
- Handmade in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa
YOUR PURCHASE MAKES A DIFFERENCE:
This beautiful work of art was purchased directly from the Shona artists in Zimbabwe. We source our handmade Shona products through a small family-run supplier in Harare who has been working with and supporting these talented artists for over 10 years. Your purchases of these products help provide stable employment and basic needs for many dependents at a time when unemployment and inflation in Zimbabwe are at unimaginable levels.
All our African products are Fair Trade with the artists either working for themselves or working in co-operatives. The items purchased from our Shona artists support the indigenous tribes of Zimbabwe. We believe that it is now more important than ever to keep supporting these artists during these increasingly difficult times as the ability of these artists to support their families depends on our purchases.