Playing (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

Sampson Kuvenguhwa, a master of the Mapiti style, has once again showcased his artistic talent with this stunning shona stone sculpture. The intricate details of the carving show a lady playing with a ball alongside her child, portraying the importance of family and children in the Shona culture.

The black serpentine stone used by Sam Kuve adds a unique touch to the sculpture. He has left certain areas of the stone unpolished, including the shoes, which adds a distinctive color to the piece. The stone has been carefully worked and polished to bring out the intricate details of the figures, making it a true masterpiece.

Through this sculpture, Sam highlights the importance of family and the joy of playtime. The lady and child are captured in a moment of pure joy, playing with a ball and enjoying each other's company. It is a wonderful reminder of the simple pleasures in life and the significance of family bonds.

In conclusion, Sam Kuvenguhwa's skillful craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident in this beautiful shona stone sculpture. The image of a mother and child playing together serves as a reminder of the importance of family and the joy it can bring. This sculpture would make a fantastic addition to any art collection, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwe.


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

 Stands about 1m. 

Importance of family in Shona Culture