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Painted Wood Hippo

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Our painted wood pieces combine the elegant and simple look of wood carving with a vibrant and colorful style of hand painting.  Artists scattered throughout Zimbabwe, mainly in remote rural areas, create Mbare’s wood sculptures. Indigenous hard woods have become increasingly scarce so we have focused on developing products made from non-indigenous, non-endangered Jacaranda wood. Much care is taken in the carving and finishing of a product, and this same care is extended to the selection, maintenance and delivery of these fabulous one-of-a-kind sculptures. The hippo's symbolism includes power, emotional depth, birth, motherhood and protection of family.

Artist: Phathisa Weza & Wilson Muchena
Made In: Zimbabwe

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