The ethnic group in Zimbabwe known as Shona are a Bantu tribe in origin that settled in what is now Zimbabwe about 2,000 years ago. They currently make up about 70% of the population in Zimbabwe. Although stone carvings have been found at the site of Great Zimbabwe (11th C.), the Zimbabwean stone carving that is seen today began in the late colonial period, around the 1950s. Early sculptures depicted tribal and spiritual myths; in later years the sculptures focused on familial groups. Today, Shona stone artists are experimenting with more abstract forms.
Below are just a few of the many wonderful works that are on display at Kirstenbosch.