Disappointed Woman (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

am's artistry is heavily influenced by the proud and vibrant Shona culture, particularly the importance of dancing as a means of self-expression and celebration. Drawing from this rich cultural inheritance, Sam has crafted a beautiful piece of Shona sculpture that depicts a woman who loses a dancing competition. This powerful sculpture is a testament to the resilience and determination of the Shona people. Sam's unique artistic style, Mapiti, captures the essence of Shona culture, and infuses his works of art with a powerful sense of identity and heritage. Join us on a journey of discovery and inspiration, as we explore the deep-rooted cultural significance of Sam's sculpture, and how it reflects the pride and resilience of the Shona people. 

Disappointed Woman

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

Sam's own comments to the piece: 

Thinking that she was the best among them all, but alas! She was disappointed after the dancing show having only achieved the lower prize. 

Dancing competitions and their importance for Shona Women

Excellent sculpture carved by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve.  Stands about 80cm high.

Disappointed woman small nature