Shona Elephant Paperweight
Sale Price (non-members): $18.99
Sale Price (members): $17.09
Original Price: $28.00
Availability: Out of stock. This item is no longer available for purchase.
Zimbabwe’s Shona people are world-renowned for the beauty of their abstract sculptures—a tribal artform thousands of years old. This fine example—an elephant, symbolizing strength, patience and longevity—is carved from artisan-selected and -quarried serpentine stone, which has been chiseled and polished by hand, then heated over fire to bring out the stone’s inherent colors. Natural variations will occur with this Shona Elephant Paperweight. 1.5"h. x 4"l. x 4"w.
Imagine yourself a traveler in Africa or Asia. Awed by the sights, you wander through the local shops, searching for something special to bring home to represent the cultures you’ve seen. Shop our mini world market and delight in these artisan offerings from Africa and India. Each of these lovely treasures is representative of holdings in our National Museums of African Art and Natural History.
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