15”H x 22”L x 9”D - 74 lbs. - PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ZIP CODE FOR SHIPPING QUOTE, WHICH WILL BE PARTIALLY COVERED BY THE PURCHASE PRICE. DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL PURCHASE, DELIVERY INCLUDED.
This magnificent cape buffalo was sculpted from a single piece of spring stone, in Zimbabwe, by the renowned wildlife sculptor Taurai Maisiri. The sculpture is first shaped, using a combination of chisels, rasps (files), and sometimes a grinder. At that point, the stone is just a greyish color. Once shaped, the sculpture will still be rough because of the rasp’s rough teeth. For the smooth areas, like the hooves, horns, and nose, the next stage is sanding, using each grit of sandpaper, from the roughest to the finest, until the stone is super smooth. As for the textured hide, a grinder is generally used at different angles to create such a realistic look. When the sculpture is all shaped, it is still a greyish color. The piece is then washed, heated with a 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.