Tatenda Ncube - Cobalt stone. Color Range: Maroon, White, Grey, Black.
Tatenda Ncube - Cobalt stone. Color Range: Maroon, White, Grey, Black.

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Regular price $6,200.00
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30"H x 18.5"W x 9"D - 138 lbs. Shipping included to most US states, please inquire before purchasing. Discount available for local purchase and includes free local delivery.

This piece was sculpted from a single piece of cobalt stone, in Zimbabwe, by Tatenda Ncube. The beautiful colors emerge when polished with floor wax. The sculpture is first shaped, using a combination of chisels, rasps (files), and a grinder. Once shaped, the sculpture will still be rough because of the rasp’s rough teeth, so the next stage is sanding to get the texture smooth. Each grit of sandpaper, from the roughest to the finest, is used until the stone is super smooth. The piece is then washed, heated with a fire, or blow torch, and then, when hot, the floor wax is applied, usually with a brush. Since the stone is hot, the wax melts into the stone, and then when it cools down, the polished area is buffed out with a cloth, bringing it to a shine.

Because each piece is created by hand, and the coloration in each stone is different, the sculpture you are looking at is exactly the one you will receive. Please keep in mind that because these are natural stones, there are always flaws and imperfections. We have taken the clearest photos possible to show everything, but we believe that is also the beauty of these sculptures, that they were not produced in a factory, but rather by actual people, using natural stones quarried in the hills and mountains of Zimbabwe.