Pensive (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

In this small but beautifully crafted Shona sculpture, Sampson Kuvenguhwa has captured the essence of a woman deep in thought holding her baby. The carving, known as "Pensive", is made from black serpentine and is a wonderful example of Sam Kuve's talent and skill. The intricate details and mix of polished and unpolished areas create a texture that adds depth and character to the piece.

The person in the sculpture is clearly in a state of deep contemplation, with the mouth slightly tightened as if lost in thought.


This is a common pose and expression seen in people who are pondering an important decision or contemplating the future. The detail and expression captured in the sculpture are a testament to Sampson Kuvenguhwa's mastery of his craft.

The use of black serpentine for this sculpture is also noteworthy. This stone is known for its deep, rich color and is often used for sculptures that require a darker hue. Sam has used the natural variations in the stone to his advantage, creating a piece that is not only beautiful but also full of character and depth.

Overall, "Pensive" is a beautiful example of Shona sculpture and showcases the incredible talent of Sampson Kuvenguhwa. The attention to detail and masterful use of materials create a sculpture that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also thought-provoking. It is a wonderful addition to any art collection or a beautiful stand-alone piece.

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Sculpted by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve. Medium sized sculpture of about 50cm in height.

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