Lions


Lions and other Large Cats in African Art

For years we were told that Shona, Ndebele and other African art carvers were not partial to lions in general.  Lions in their natural state often tend to feed on cattle and other domesticated animals as these are easier to hunt than zebra and other animals native to the bushveldt in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Malawi.  And then there is the occasional lion or pride of lions that develop a taste for the most slow moving of game man himself!  The situation among the artists has changed and we are now seeing some very attractive renderings of lions, as well as some wonderful leopards and other large cats.

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Leopard Ashtray or Soapdish
This carving could be used as an ashtray, soapdish or a place to keep any little items. It is carved from dark brown soapstone.

The statue weighs 11 ounces. It is 1 1/2 inches tall, 4 3/4 inches long and 3 3/4 inches wide.
Leopard Ashtray or Soapdish
Price $45.00 Order Leopard Ashtray or Soapdish

"The Boss"
"The Boss" This verdite lion looks like he is definitely the leader of the pride and does not look at all impressed about something.

The statue weighs 14 ounces. It is 3 3/4 inches tall, 5 1/4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches deep.
Price $65.00 Order "The Boss"

Taking a Stroll Between Naps
This lion is carved by Charles N. Dorizhi and is carved out of Soapstone. It is dark and light grey.

The statue weighs 8 pounds 7 ounces. It is 7 3/4 inches tall, 11 inches long and 3 inches deep.
Taking a Stroll Between Naps
Price $175.00 Order Taking a Stroll Between Naps

Grooming Leopard
Grooming Leopard This leopard cleaning its paw is carved from a piece of light brown Soapstone. .

The statue weighs 2 lbs 7 ounces. It is 6 1/4 inches tall, 4 inches long and 2 3/4 inches wide.
Price $45.00 Order Grooming Leopard

Resting Lion by Dorizhi
This lovely lion was carved by C.N. Dorizhi in Soapstone. It is a medium and dark grey colour. The mane in the one photo has come out a bit lighter than it actually is.

The statue weighs 3 pounds. It is 3 inches tall, 7 1/4 inches long and 2 3/4 inches deep.
Resting Lion by Dorizhi
Price $95.00 Order Resting Lion by Dorizhi

Angry Looking Lion
Angry Looking Lion This beautiful rather angry looking lion is carved out of Soapstone. The artist is Charles N. Dorizhi

The statue weighs 5 pounds 2 ounces. It is 5 3/4 inches tall, 10 1/2 inches long and 3 1/4 inches deep.
Price $115.00 Order Angry Looking Lion

Lion With a Kill
Almost every guided tour in an African game reserve goes out each morning in hopes of witnessing a "kill." This lion has been portrayed immediately following the kill and is heading off for breakfast. In all probability this male has taken the little buck from the lionesses who did the actual work of hunting. This starkly beautiful statue is carved from Serpentine stone and mounted on a wooden base.

The sculpture weighs 9 1/2 pounds. It is 6 1/2 inches tall, 14 1/2 inches long and 4 inches wide.
Lion With a Kill
Price $175.00 Order Lion With a Kill

Black Serpentine Leopard
Black Serpentine Leopard This black serpentine leopard looks like it could be getting ready to crouch and pounce. .

The statue weighs 6 ounces. It is 2 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide.
Price $45.00 Order Black Serpentine Leopard

Roaring Lion by Charles Dorizhi
Judging by his posture this lion looks more like he is trying to impress with his roar rather than about to attack something. The artist is Charles N. Dorizhi and the lion is carved out of Soapstone.

The statue weighs 5 pounds 7 ounces. It is 6 1/2 inches tall, 10 1/4 inches long and 3 inches deep.
Roaring Lion by Charles Dorizhi
Price $115.00 Order Roaring Lion by Charles Dorizhi

Trio of Leopards Hanging Out
Trio of Leopards Hanging Out A trio of leopards hanging out on some rocks carved from Rapoko stone. The stone is a pinkish brown.

The statue weighs 6 pounds 10 ounces. It is 9 1/2 inches tall, 7 1/4 inches long and 3 1/2 inches deep.
Price $175.00 Order Trio of Leopards Hanging Out

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