Shona sculpture is the most collected form of African art today. It is an ancient artform that dates back more than 500 years in Zimbabwe, a country that has a wider variety of hard stone of several colors than anywhere else in the world. They sculpt the world around them as they experience it--it's people, animals and spirits. Shona wildlife sculpture tends to be very realistic and detailed, as can be seen in the above leadwood elephant sculpture, whereas their human sculpture is much more mysterious and stylized. Picasso was an admirer of early Shona sculpture and there is now evidence that he was actually influenced by it.
We have some wonderful examples of Shona sculpture in several guest rooms and throughout the common areas. Please feel free to have a look.