Shona soapstone sculpture, 'Loving Giraffe Family' - Shona Giraffe Sculpture Curate

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Loving Giraffe Family Shona Giraffe Sculpture

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This charming hand-carved giraffe family is representative of traditional Shona sculpture of Africa. Shona is a 20th-century name given to a number of related ethnic groups in Zimbabwe. They speak similar dialects of a standardized Shona language, and many trace their ancestry back to the 12th-century capital city of Great Zimbabwe, whose ruins are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today's Shona stone carvers draw inspiration from those ancient builders and speak of releasing the spirit trapped in stone as they carve and polish with hand tools.

Please note: Each handmade sculpture is unique, as is the raw, hand-quarried soapstone it emerged from; please accept variations.

  • 2.27 kgs
  • 5.0 lbs
  • 25.4 cm H x 16.5 cm W x 7.6 cm D
  • 10" H x 6.5" W x 3" D

  • Soapstone
  • Natural stone - some variations in color and/or pattern are to be expected
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? No
  • Made in Zimbabwe.
  • Ships fast from USA.

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"Absolutely Beautiful!"

Craftsmanship is top notch. Wonderful colors in the stone. Very safely packaged. Thrilled with this purchase!

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11/27/2017

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"MOM'S TEARS OF JOY"

A GIFT TO MY MOM. SHE LOVES IT, I ALREADY HAVE ONE. THANK YOU FOR GREAT CRAFTMANSHIP

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THE SOUND OF JOY OF HER VOICE

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  • This was a gift for: Mother
  • Occasion: housewarming

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12/14/2017

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"A thing of Beauty"

I purchased as a gift but upon receipt promptly order one for myself. It is utterly beguiling and beautifully made. A new treasure for years to come

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Any occasion and for any animal lover

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12/15/2017

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"This is a beautiful sculpture"

The sculpture arrived quickly and it was well packaged to prevent damage. My wife is going to love it.

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  • This was a gift for: Wife
  • Occasion: Christmas

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12/24/2017

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"Arrived damaged - Very disappointed"

This is a beautiful sculpture however it arrived with the neck broken off. It was to be a Christmas gift and after calling customer service to report the damage and get a replacement I was told it is out of stock with no date for refilling the order. Needless to say I am extremely disappointed as I can't even promise a replacement to the recipient. If it arrived in one piece I'd give it five stars. It is beautiful.

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Neice
  • Occasion: Christmas

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12/01/2010

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"AWESOME"

This is gorgeous! I love it!

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12/06/2012

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"Beautiful gift"

I also bought this as a Christmas gift for my daughter, who had her second child early this year. It is beautiful. A unique and fitting gift for the giraffe obsessed.

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07/01/2016

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"Wonderful"

Wish you had other animals like rhino, lion, tiger, zebra, etc

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04/18/2012

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"An excellent, authentic, sculpture"

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01/17/2013

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"Gorgeous Gift!"

Wonderful surprise. Ordered as a gift for someone who collects giraffes. It exceeded my expectations and the recipient was delighted!

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08/09/2013

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"Gasp!"

Have to start with the excellent packaging. The utmost care had been taken to ensure safe arrival. The ornament is beyond beautiful! The workmanship is breathtaking, the design thoughtful and lovely to look at and touch. I could not be more pleased and will look out for more ornaments from this talented sculptor.

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07/03/2016

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"Beautiful and well crafted"

I was impressed by the Two elephant Shona sculpture I purchased as a gift for my husband for Valenrines day and decided to purchase the 4 giraffes to continue to his collection. I wasn't disappointed. It is well crafted, unique and goes well with the elephants. I love that each one is unique and you are surprised by the color which is always beautiful.

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07/23/2012

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"most pleased. beautiful!"

purchased as a thank you gift. as we mailed it to Australia, just recently learned that was happily received. Recipents had traveled to South Africa - so we were happy to find something fitting.

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07/15/2015

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"Beautiful African Art"

I use it to compliment my other African art pieces. It is more fragile than it looks. The one my husband bought for me as gift fell and broke so this is a replacement.

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03/01/2012

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"Beautiful sculpture"

I make many online purchases but have never before felt the urge to write a review. Based on the comments of others, I had expected to like this sculpture but was not prepared for how truly beautiful it would be. And, as another reviewer commented, not only does it look beautiful it also feels wonderful to touch. I was a tad bit worried about how big it would be given the huge box it arrived in but then I realized that it was double-boxed and packaged with extreme care (not sure how it could possibly break given how it was packaged). It would make a wonderful gift -- but I will have to buy another one because I'm not giving this one away!

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05/10/2013

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"The stone is beautiful, smooth and the c"

This is a decoration piece. It deplicks the family, even though the stone is cool the theme is warmth

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12/05/2011

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"Photo doesn't do it justice."

I bought this sculpture for a friend who collects giraffes. But, now that I see how beautiful it actually is, I may just keep it for myself!

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07/16/2013

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"I bought this product twice"

Decorative item that's a work of art. Visually attractive and interesting. Bought twice, once as a gift for someone who saw mine and liked it.

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10/22/2015

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"Better than described!"

Unique addition to my collection. Beautifully carved and fun to fondle!

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11/07/2014

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"Awesome Sculpture"

I have collected giraffes for several years. This is the most unique giraffe collectable I have. It is very unique. I appreciate that information about the creator is included with the sculpture.

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01/03/2012

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"BEAUTIFUL, don't hesitate to purchase"

Decoration. I just want to add to this that National Geographic is wonderful for customer service. Our piece came broken and without any questions they sent a new piece and a pick up tag for the damaged piece. They are AWESOME!! Dont ever hesitate to purchase from them!!

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"Wonderful"

This made a wonderfult gift. It is beautiful.

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02/01/2016

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"Best Buy In Years!!"

I display this sculpture prominently in home for all to see. The quality is exceptional and shows the care taken by the artist.

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02/23/2012

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"Sculpture is beautiful!"

I love art that depicts family. These giraffes have a very special feeling when you hold the stone. We recently visited an area where a family of giraffes lives. We were the guest of some friends and I'm sending the statue as a Thank You for a great trip. I am very proud to pass one of these treasures to our friends.

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01/13/2016

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"Perfect Gift"

Gift to oldest son & (growing - #2 in the "hopper") family. They love it. Used as decoration, but warned them soapstone is NOT a hard stone, so make sure in secure location

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12/08/2015

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"Delicate yet elegant"

It is a very delicate yet an elegant piece of sculpture I have it in my living room.

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11/30/2013

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"The perfect gift"

This is an absolutely stunning sculpture. Smooth to the touch and delicately carved, it epitomizes family love. I gave it as a gift and my daughter could not stop raving about it and she immediately made a space for it in a prominent place. I also appreciated the hand written name of the artist along with the explanation of his craft. Thank you

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05/09/2014

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"Beautiful sculpture"

This sculpture is exactly as shown in the pictures. It's unique and beautifully crafted. While I realize stone has variations it would be nice if you could choose the hue. However, having said that, I'm still very pleased with this product and would purchase it again,

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02/13/2014

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"Sacred Giraffe"

We love this unique piece of art

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02/01/2013

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"This is an awesome piece of carved art"

This fits in with my jungle animal theme. This is a beautiful piece of carved art.

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04/17/2012

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"It is very pretty."

I like it very much, and reminds me of my responsibilities with others and fauna.

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09/29/2015

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"Better than I imagined!"

This giraffe sculpture is so much more than I hoped it would be. It is more substantial in size and weight which is a great benefit. I have 100+ giraffe themed items in my home and this by far is the best. Thank you National Geographic.

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01/24/2013

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"Shona Giraffe Sculture"

We recently went to South Africa and went on multiple safaris. Saw this giraffe sculpture and it reminded us of the trip. Loved it. It sits on our mantle with our elephant sculpture, which we also love.

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05/27/2016

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"Beautiful collectible"

lovely object. As described.

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01/19/2012

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"So Awesome"

I collect giraffes. This was a gift that I will treasure forever. I sat it on my fireplace mantle and each person that entere the room comments on how lovely it is. I will purchase this as a gift gfor others.

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"An OOOOOh - AHHHHHH moment"

I absolutely love it - it is decorative yet classy and a real conversation piece.

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"Too nice to give away ( almost) !!"

This product looked great on internet, but believe me it is even greater out of the box. Absolutely original, well crafted, definitely an eye-catcher. Design could make it a bit fragile if dropped or even tipped. Just put it in a safe place and ENJOY!!

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"Very expressive"

This sculpture is a classy addition to our "travel" theme decorating style

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"I would buy this product over and over a"

I used the Shoner Giraffe as an engagement gift. Young people getting married usually have everthing. This is something different and unique.

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"Amazing!"

This piece is magnificent. It is so very well made and quite an attractive addition above my fireplace. I would highly recommend this sculpture to anyone!

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09/30/2012

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"giraffe sculptor"

I bought this for my daughter for Christmas. The first one was broken. I called and a new one was on the way the next day. This is an absolutely gorgeous piece of sculptor. My daughter collects giraffes and I know this will be her favorit.

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