Welcome to Kasheke Imports.
We offer 100% unique, 100% hand-carved and 100% pure and solid sculptures, including many carved by celebrated Shona artists from the renowned Shona stone sculpture industry in Zimbabwe. Each sculpture is brimming with energies derived from nature, from the stone itself, and from the Shona culture.
It is impossible to accurately convey these characteristics in pictures and websites, as it does not do the sculptures justice. There is no substitute for personally feeling their strength, their textures, their radiance and their delicate features. We welcome you to contact us with any comments or questions, and of course to make an appointment to visit our sculptures.
Phoenix - Lovemore Bonjisi
Cobalt | 34" x 47" | 350 lbs
The Phoenix is one of the most pervasive mythological animals to exist, and one with powerful symbolism. It holds cultural identities in Egyptian, Greek, Chinese, Russian, and even native American cultures, in not dissimilar forms.
The Phoenix symbolizes renewal and resurrection. Lovemore uses the Phoenix to symbolize not only Zimbabwe's newly won majority self-rule in the 80's, but also, more recently, Zimbabwe's economic revitalization since hitting inflation rates of 6.5 sextillion percent (this is not a typo) in mid-November 2008, which left the stone sculpture movement at a virtual stand-still. The Phoenix represents hope and a bright future reborn.
This sculpture of the magnificent mythological fire-bird has a fiery attitude representative of it's nature, as well as remarkable coloration resembling the embers and the ashes from which it resurrects.