is part of the Zimbabwean Shona sculpture movement. Shona sculpture,
a product of welding African themes and ideas with European artistic
training, has been evolving over the past 30 years or so. Artists,
including Bore, work together in small carving groups, usually at
The craft of
stone carving was revived in the 1960s in Rhodesia, as it was then
called, largely through the efforts of Frank McEwen, the founding
director of the National Gallery of Art. The museum organized stone
carving workshops and provided opportunities for students to study
examples of European modern works in the collection.
works take their themes from African folklore, while others rely
on abstract forms. Stylized animals, gods, spirits, ancestors, and
totems are the most popular subjects. Shona sculpture such as Bore's
is carved from stone indigenous to Zimbabwe. Many works are made
of serpentine, which offers a wide range of colors and hardness.