Friendship (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

Friendship holds a paramount place in the rich cultural heritage of the Shona people. Sam Kuve, a talented artist known for his unique Mapiti style, has captured the essence of this cultural value in his exquisite Shona stone carving from the early 90s. The sculpture reflects the importance of cultivating and cherishing good friendships, which are hard to find and require nurturing to thrive. Sam's artistic vision and attention to detail are evident in the sculpture, which immediately captivates the viewer with its beauty and significance. Join us on a journey of discovery and inspiration, as we explore the deep-rooted cultural significance of Sam's work and the profound meaning behind his sculptures.

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


Carved by Sam in the early 90's.   Stands about 120cm high.

I found Sam Kuve and became a follower of his sculpture when I saw this piece together with Courting .  I was fascinated and have been ever since.

Friends are important in Shona Culture - read more here!

 Carved by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve.  Stands about 30 cm high.