Family Sunday (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

The stone sculpture shown depicts a family, probably on their way out for a Sunday walk. The man, with a hat on his head, is bent over, looking to ensure that the children are dressed properly. The lady is kneeling to tie the shoes of the youngest child.

This Shona stone sculpture beautifully captures the essence of family values in Shona tradition. Sampson Kuvenguhwa also known as Sam Kuve excels in expressing the significance of family binding and tradition through his sculptures. His pieces are not only visually stunning but also convey a powerful statement about the meaning of family.

In Shona culture, family holds a central place, and it is deeply cherished and celebrated. The sculptures created by artists like Sampson Kuvenguhwa reflect this profound reverence for family bonds. Through his intricate craftsmanship, Kuvenguhwa brings to life the importance of familial relationships and the values they uphold. By focusing on the everyday moments and gestures within a family, Kuvenguhwa's sculptures evoke a sense of warmth and togetherness. They remind us of the shared experiences, love, and support that define a family unit. Each carefully carved detail tells a story and captures the essence of family life in Shona culture.

Kuvenguhwa's work serves as a testament to the enduring traditions and values that have shaped Shona society for generations. His sculptures not only preserve the rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwe but also serve as a source of inspiration and reflection for those seeking a deeper understanding of the meaning of family. Whether displayed in art galleries or private collections, Kuvenguhwa's sculptures captivate viewers with their beauty and emotional depth. They serve as a reminder of the importance of family in our lives and the profound impact it has on shaping our identities and values. In conclusion, Sampson Kuvenguhwa, or Sam Kuve, produces remarkable sculptures that convey a powerful message about the meaning of family in Shona culture. Through his craftsmanship, he captures the essence of family binding and tradition, reminding us of the enduring values that hold communities together.


Sculpted by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve. Stands about 1.20cm. 

Black serpentine stone sculpture. Click here to learn about the stones used in Zimbabwe by sculptors.