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Tiny Tin Praying Mantis

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The praying mantis was a symbol of God to the African bushmen. They believed it was a manifestation of God, and when they saw one, they tried to discern its message. The word "mantis" comes from the Greek word for "prophet," and is a reference to mystical or spiritual powers. The praying mantis relates to stillness, quiet, calm, patience and balance. Old tin cans and other scraps of metal from businesses in the industrial area of Harare are turned into these delightful sculptures by these artists using snips, pliers, and hammers.

Height: 3.5"
Length: 4"
Width: 1.5"
Artist:  Joseph Thomas, painted by Yuekai Tanyara
Made In: Zimbabwe

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  • 5
    A delight!

    Posted by John Abramson on Apr 2nd 2019

    Utterly charming, this tin critter is eye-catching, and is sure to be a success for our museum gift shop.

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