Meeting Friends (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

Sampson Kuvenguhwa, being a Shona sculptor,  depicts the importance of friendship and social connections in his art. In the Shona culture, relationships and community are highly valued, and the concept of friendship, as embodied by the word "Shamwari" or "Ushamwari," is an important part of this cultural value.

Sam Kuve's use of the Mapiti style in his sculpture of a person waiting patiently possibly in a discussion with friends likely serves to highlight the importance of human connection and social interaction. The Mapiti style is known for its intricate and abstract designs, which can represent a wide range of emotions and experiences.

Through his sculpture, Sam likely seeks to capture the essence of friendship and the value of human relationships. By depicting a person waiting patiently, possibly in a discussion with friends, he is acknowledging the importance of communication and social interaction in building and maintaining strong relationships. The sculpture may also serve as a reminder of the need for patience and understanding in our relationships with others.

 Meeting Friends

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

 Shamwari - Shona for a friend or ushamwari - Shona for friendship.  

Friends are important in the Shona culture!

Sculpted by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve. Stands about 25cm high.