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These colorful African sculptures are carved from natural soapstone in the Tabaka Hills of Western Kenya, then etched and dyed by artists in Nairobi.
Each 5"L x 4"H hippo features an intricate, dotted design and facial details. With his friendly smile, the hippos are a delightful decoration.
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.