Family Tree (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

Sampson Kuvenguhwa's passion for the family unit is well known, and it is beautifully portrayed in this magnificent sculpture. The intricate details and the sheer size of the piece make it stand out from his other works. At two meters in height, it is an imposing presence that cannot be ignored.

Using his signature Mapiti style, Sam has brought the entire family together in this piece. The parents stand tall and proud while the children are gathered under them, as if seeking protection and love. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of the family unit in the Shona culture, and how it is the foundation of their society.

The black serpentine stone used in this sculpture has been expertly carved to bring out the smallest of details It is a testament to Sam Kuve's dedication and love for his craft.

In this masterpiece, we can see the love, unity, and strength that comes from a closely knit family. The message is clear: no matter what happens, family is always there to support you, to guide you, and to love you unconditionally. Sampson Kuvenguhwa has truly outdone himself with this shona sculpture, and it is a tribute to his talent and his dedication to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwe.

Family tree

Importance of family in Shona Culture

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

 Sculpted by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve. Stands about 120cm high.