Lions and other Large Cats in African Art

For years we were told that Shona, Ndebele and other African art carvers were not partial to lions in general.  Lions in their natural state often tend to feed on cattle and other domesticated animals as these are easier to hunt than zebra and other animals native to the bushveldt in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Malawi.  And then there is the occasional lion or pride of lions that develop a taste for the most slow moving of game man himself!  The situation among the artists has changed and we are now seeing some very attractive renderings of lions, as well as some wonderful leopards and other large cats.

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Grumpy Lion
Very Dark charcoal Serpentine lion.

The statue weighs 1 pound 10 ounces. It is 3 3/4 inches tall, 6 inches long and 2 inches deep.
Grumpy Lion
Price $55.00 Order Grumpy Lion

Verite Lion
Verite Lion This lion was carved in Verdite.

The statue weighs 1 pound. It is 3 1/4 inches tall, 5 inches long and 1 3/4 inches deep.
Price $65.00 Order Verite Lion

Leopard Ashtray or Soapdish
This carving could be used as an ashtray, soapdish or a place to keep any little items. It is carved from dark brown soapstone.

The statue weighs 11 ounces. It is 1 1/2 inches tall, 4 3/4 inches long and 3 3/4 inches wide.
Leopard Ashtray or Soapdish
Price $45.00 Order Leopard Ashtray or Soapdish

Growling Lion
Growling Lion Very Dark charcoal Serpentine lion with brown accents.

The statue weighs 1 pound 7 ounces. It is 4 inches tall, 6 1/4 inches long and 2 inches deep.
Price $55.00 Order Growling Lion

Lion With a Kill
Almost every guided tour in an African game reserve goes out each morning in hopes of witnessing a "kill." This lion has been portrayed immediately following the kill and is heading off for breakfast. In all probability this male has taken the little buck from the lionesses who did the actual work of hunting. This starkly beautiful statue is carved from Serpentine stone and mounted on a wooden base.

The sculpture weighs 9 1/2 pounds. It is 6 1/2 inches tall, 14 1/2 inches long and 4 inches wide.
Lion With a Kill
Price $175.00 Order Lion With a Kill
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