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CAMBA houses one of the largest and finest collections of Shona Sculptures in
the United States. We own sculpture of the top Shona Sculptors – Henry
Munyaradzi, Nicholas Mukomberanwa, Bernard Matemera, Moses Masaya, Richard Mteki
and Colleen Madamombe, to name a few.
Shona Sculptures are created by artists of Zimbabwe’s Shona people, the nation’s
largest ethnic group. These sculptures, created by the Shona people of the
southern African country of Zimbabwe, are part of a stone-carving tradition that
dates back to the 10th century. They are found in the collections of major
museums and discerning art collectors worldwide.
While their work is inspired by their deeply-held spiritual beliefs, folklore
and daily life, Shona sculptors, in turn, have inspired many western artists.
While the themes of these sculptures make reference to modern life, the
sculptures are created much as they were thousands of years ago. The sculptors
use simple chisels to "release" the spirits of the stone. Rendered in
richly-colored native stone such as serpentine, opal stone and verdite, the
sculptures often portray embracing families, indigenous animals, protective
spirits and blissful dreamers.