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These cheerful sculptures are carved by Gusii artisans in western Kenya from the soft stone known Kisii stone or soapstone. Each hippo is a substantial piece of artisan-crafted decorative art that features a hand-etched, painted finish.
Measures 4.5" x 2.75" x 2.5".
At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi’s industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.