Over 1000 years ago, Shona people built great cities of stone in South Africa. They constructed monumental walls without mortar. "Great Zimbabwe", believed to have been a royal palace, housed thousands within its walls.
The word Shona translates to "house of stone". Verdite is a prevalent stone in Zimbabwe, sometimes referred to as "African Jade". It is soft enough to carve with some ease, yet strong enough to sustain structure.
She likely wasn't a queen, but perhaps to her people she was. Her eyes held her whole life within them. In her face, a clever thought. She is a guide, and a ground.