Happy Woman (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

Sam Kuve's unique Mapiti style is showcased in his captivating Shona sculpture, which tells a powerful story of love and perseverance. The sculpture depicts a woman who has not yet given birth to a child, which causes marital problems and pressure from her husband's parents to divorce her. However, through love and perseverance, she is blessed with a baby boy, whom she names Kudakwashe. In Shona culture, Kudakwashe means "thanksgiving" or "praise." The sculpture is a testament to the power of love and faith in the face of adversity and reflects the profound cultural significance of family and community in the Shona way of life. Join us on a journey of discovery and inspiration, as we explore the rich cultural heritage that fuels Sam's artistic expression and the deep-rooted meaning behind his sculptures.

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

Carved by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve.  Stands about 80cm high.

Sam own words were: After six years without a child, she was in terrible pain as her husband's parents wanted her to be divorced. But, at last, her ancestors and her god comforted her by giving her a baby boy andshe named him 'Kudakwashe'.