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Hand-carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these richly hued sculptures feature symbolic line drawings against a smooth body. A wide face and protruding ears add eye-catching silhouettes to each hippo.
Each sculpture is dyed with food-safe dyes and is one-of-kind. Measures 6"L x 1.5"W x 2.5". Designs will vary slightly. Fair trade.
At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi’s industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity bring raw soapstone to life 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.