Mother and Child (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

Sampson Kuvenguhwa is a well-known sculptor who has made a name for himself in the world of art with his unique style of carving. He has created many masterpieces, and this shona sculpture is no exception. Standing at 110cm, the sculpture portrays a mother looking lovingly at her child. The level of detail is impressive, and it is clear that Sam has put a lot of effort into creating this work of art.

What sets this sculpture apart from others is that Sam Kuve has left the stone in its natural state, without polishing it. This gives the shona sculpture an unusual grey color, which only adds to its beauty. The rough surface of the stone adds a certain texture to the sculpture that gives it an organic feel. The attention to detail in the mother's face and the child's posture is remarkable, and it is clear that Sampson Kuvenguhwa has a deep understanding of human anatomy.

In Shona culture, family is very important, and this sculpture is a testament to that fact. It shows the bond between a mother and her child, and how important that bond is in the Shona community. The sculpture also highlights Sam's Mapiti style, which is evident in the curves and the lines of the sculpture. His use of serpentine stone is also noteworthy, as it is a challenging medium to work with, but Sam has managed to bring out the best in it.

In conclusion, this sculpture by Sam is a true masterpiece that showcases his skill as a sculptor. The mother and child theme is a powerful one, and it is evident that Sam has put a lot of thought and care into creating this piece. The use of natural stone and the Mapiti style only add to the sculpture's appeal, making it a must-see for anyone who appreciates art.

Mother and child Green background

Read here about the Importance of family in Shona Culture and about the concept of what Lobolo is and children and the influence of Lobolo

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Mother and child nature

 Sculpted by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve