5 Shona Abstract Portrait Pendants Zimbabwe
Shona sculpture, originating from Zimbabwe and named after the Shona people, gained prominence in 1965 under the influence of Frank McEwan, the director of the Rhodes National Gallery. McEwan, an Englishman, established a school in 1956, transitioning students from painting to stone carving in 1965. The sculptures, crafted from stones like serpentine and soapstone using simple hand tools, showcase a unique blend of traditional African styles and modernist influences. Typically depicting human figures or animals with smooth, flowing lines and abstract forms, the creation process varies from a few hours to several weeks. The roots of Shona sculpture trace back to the 1950s when artists experimented with new styles influenced by both traditional African art and modernist movements. This art form, renowned for its distinctive aesthetic, has significantly impacted contemporary art globally, exhibited in museums worldwide. Beyond its artistic contributions, Shona sculpture has played a vital role in preserving Zimbabwe's cultural identity and traditional African art for future generations.