This Watchful Spirit sculpture is handcrafted by the Shona artisans in Zimbabwe. The sculpture shows an abstract face carved on one or both sides to show the spirit caring for the living. The artist draws on the folklore of the Shona tribe, and his sculptures often exude spiritual calm. These abstracted faces are often pensive or gently watchful. The Shona people believe in good spirits which protect the family from calamities. Every family lineage has its ancestors, and occasionally the family brews beer to appease the spirits. There are several ceremonies that are performed during the year, among them the rain-making ceremony where the village elders appeal to the ancestors to avert drought.
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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.
This Watchful Spirit sculpture is handcrafted by the Shona artisans in Zimbabwe. The sculpture shows...