Hand Crafted Ethnic African Multi Metal Shona Woman Bust
The Zimbabwean artist Caspar De Vari creates these multi metal busts. The busts are cast out of various metals copper, brass, aluminum and zinc silver. This piece is signed and numbered and comes with an authenticity certificate, making this unique piece a limited edition. The most incredible thing about Casper's; work is the fact that he has managed to capture such fine detail in each, from the facial expressions to the texture of a fabric. This statue is of a young Shona girl.
This piece is:
Height: 5 inches
Length: 3 inches
Width: 3.5 inches
Weight: 1 lb
Traditionally, Shona peoples lived in dispersed settlements, usually consisting of one or more elder men and their extended families. Most decisions were made within the family, although organized political states were recognized as a source of centralized power. A paramount chief who inherited his position and power in the divine manner of a king headed them. He usually resided in a centralized location and was accompanied by his court that advised him about most important decisions. The head chief often received substantial payment in the form of tributes from his constituency.
Shona peoples believe in two types of spirits. Shave spirits are most often considered to be outside or wandering spirits, and vadzimu are ancestor spirits. Shave spirits are associated with populations living outside of Shona territory and may be connected to neighboring peoples, Europeans, or even animals. These spirits may be wither malevolent or benevolent. Bad spirits are associated with witchcraft, while good spirits may inspire individual talents associated with healing, music or artistic ability. Vadzimu represents all that is ideal and moral about a Shona way of life and are usually associated with recent ancestors or with more remote culture heroes whose exact genealogy has been forgotten. They serve to protect society; buy may withdraw this protection if Shona moral ideals are not respected.