Hand Carved Verdite Rhino Sculptures from Zimbabwe

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 13, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House
Stunning emerald green verdite hand carved African rhino pair from Zimbabwe. Verdite is a particularly hard stone often used in fine art such as elephants and rhinos etc. Very Attractive pair I purchased in a craft market in Harare. Compare the price to some online shops selling the same rhinos for over $70! These would make a great Christmas gift. The local shona people hand carve these typically in the rural areas of the country and bring them into the towns for sale and make a living off their creativity. I ship quickly. Thanks for looking.
Length - ~4 inches each
Height - 2 inch each
Width - 1 inches each
Verdite occurs in a variety of changing patterns and shades ranging from golden browns to rich emerald greens and blues.It is only found in Southern Africa and the Zimbabwean deposit is of uniquely high quality.Zimbabwean verdite contains corundum and is considered to be a semi-precious stone and tfore besides being beautiful also has an intrinsic value.
African Rhinos
Physical Characteristics
The rhinoceros is a large, primitive-looking mammal that in fact dates from the Miocene era millions of years ago. In recent decades rhinos have been relentlessly hunted to the point of near extinction. Since 1970 the world rhino population has declined by 90 percent, with five species remaining in
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