"Pregnant woman" - Decorative Stone Sculpture - Height 38 cm
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Contemporary sculpture of Gabon in Mbigou stone
The "Pregnant Woman" is a work of art that highlights the fundamental role of African women in the procreation and renewal of the human species. This original statuette was made by the Cooperative of Artisanal Products of Mbigou (Coopam) of Gabon.
The "Pregnant Woman": Contemporary sculpture of Gabon in Mbigou stone
Stone carving is an ancient activity of shaping pieces of stone or raw rock by the controlled removal of material, it is the act of artistic shaping of stone. Stone carving is a particular technique of sculpture in that it designates a mode of making a work different from modeling in clay or cast iron.
The term should not be confused with the activity of stonemasons who shape blocks of stone for sculpture but also for architecture, building or civil engineering. It is also a term used by archaeologists, historians and anthropologists to describe the manufacture of petroglyphs. There are sometimes two types of stone carving: - that of shaping a rock directly where it is - the much more widespread nowadays, based on the work of a block of stone previously extracted from a quarry.