Mother and Child (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

In the Shona culture, it is expected that sons will look after their mothers once they have grown up. This cultural value is often reflected in Shona art, including the work of Sampson Kuvenguhwa, a prominent Shona artist known for his use of the Mapiti style.

Sam Kuve's  sculptures often portray the importance of family and intergenerational relationships. While the role of the mother may be depicted as caring for her son in some of his works, it is important to note that in the long term, the cultural expectation is that the son will take on the role of caring for his mother. This expectation reflects the importance of family support and care throughout one's life in Shona culture.

Sam's use of the Mapiti style, which is characterized by intricate and abstract designs, adds an element of complexity and emotional depth to his sculptures, emphasizing the cultural and emotional significance of his subjects. Through his art, Sam Kuve's celebrates the importance of family and intergenerational relationships, highlighting the values and traditions that are passed down through generations.

Overall, Sam's sculptures are a reflection of the cultural values and traditions of the Shona people, emphasizing the importance of family and intergenerational relationships, and the responsibility of sons to care for their mothers.

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Sam's own words to this carving:

Without my husband, my child will take care of me just as his father used to do. So may God watch over him until he is a man.

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

Sculpted by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve. Stands about 45cm high.

Bond of the close family in Shona culture