Company Summary

Stone Sculpture Exhibition Limited (SSEL) are curators of African stone sculptures.


Products

SSEL has one product line, stone sculptures, however come in different figurines from different stones.

Forms

The stone sculptures come in different forms depicting mainly:

Human Life

Animal life

Nature

Stone

Southern Africa has a mineral-rich ridge called ‘The Great Dyke’, and is believed to be 2.5 billion years old. The Dyke is about 500 kilometres long. Different stretches of it produce different type of stone, in terms of colour and hardness, with over 200 colours having been discovered over the years. Most professional sculptors believe that the harder the stone the better the sculpture, with hardness generally ranging from 1.5 – 5.0 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness, with granite and a few others beyond 5.


Most of the sculptures are carved from the following stones:


Butterstone

It is also called Butter Jade, or African Jade, and is over 2500 million years old, and is between 6 and 7 on Mohs hardness scale. Most pieces have micro-fossils of blue-green algae stromatolites.

Cobalt Stone

This is a hard stone with metallic properties identical to those of iron and nickel in outlook. It has a 5-6 hardness on the Mohs scale

Dolomite

A stone with strangely varied pigment: presence of iron gives it a black/brown colour, can be grey, colourless or white. Hardness between 3.5 and 4.


Verdite

Can display an immaculate green rich shade, and is a very tough stone. It is usually used in fine art, such as giraffes, rhinoceros, and elephants.


Limestone

Layers of sediments off marine creatures formed over a long period.


Leopard rock

Has leopard spots (yellow and black), with a stunning outlook.


Lapidolite

Has a rare colour of dark or light purple


Serpentine

Abundantly available in South Africa, with varied shades of black/brown, green, or orange. It is of varied hardness from 1.2 to 6.5. Durable sculptures can only be from durable stone, hence the hard variety is the one usually used by sculptors. Black Iron Serpentine is quite hard and dark in colour, which gives a stunning sculpture-finish.


Serpentine fruit

Has one stratus on top of the other in varied nature, outlook and veins. It is hard: 4-5. Almost readily available, very hard and durable, with a stunning finish.


Springstone

Also of a serpentine nature, very hard with a fine texture. Has a seemingly read outlook. It gives an excellent polish to the sculpture


Opal Stone

It is a greenish serpentine, and is 5.0-5.5 on the Mohs scale. Hard but finely textured, and can give pseudo-translucent surface. The surface can have red, orange and/or bluish dots. It is a hit with sculptors as it is the least hard serpentine, but still polishes to a high finish.


Opal Stone (golden)

Kind of delicate as it marks easily.

Opal Stone (lemon)

A harder version of opal stone, with deeper colouration

The big five game animals are the lion, leopard, rhinoceros (both black and white species), elephant, and Cape buffalo. The term "big five game" (usually capitalized or quoted as "Big Five") was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot.

Big Five



Here at Stone Sculptures Limited we supply genuine and unique African  art  ideal for your gardens, lounges, kitchens, bedrooms, offices, foyers, receptions, bathrooms or for making a statement in your prime location.

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