Dancing Lady (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

In the Shona culture, dancing is a way of life, a way to express oneself and connect with others. It is also an important part of social gatherings and celebrations. Sampson Kuvenguhwa, a skilled sculptor known for his Mapiti style, captures the essence of dancing in his shona stone sculpture.

This beautiful sculpture depicts a lady dancing, her dress swirling around her as she twirls and pirouettes with grace and fluidity. The intricate details of her dress and the movement of her body are masterfully carved out of black serpentine stone, giving the sculpture a sense of life and movement.

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As with many of his other works, Sampson incorporates the Shona culture and tradition into his art. The lady in the sculpture represents the importance of dancing in the Shona culture and how it brings people together. The black serpentine stone used for the sculpture is also significant as it is believed to have healing powers in Zimbabwean culture.

Sam Kuve's love for his culture and his artistic skills are evident in this shona stone sculpture. It is a true testament to his talent and his dedication to preserving the beauty and traditions of the Shona people. This sculpture would make a stunning addition to any collection or as a centerpiece in a room, bringing the essence of the Shona culture and the artistry of Sampson Kuvenguhwa into any space.

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Black Serpentine stone carving. Click here to learn about the stones used in Zimbabwe by sculptors.

Sculpted by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve.  Stands about 200cm high.