Secret (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)


Sampson Kuvenguhwa, a highly talented sculptor known for his unique Mapiti style, has created a beautiful Shona sculpture that perfectly captures the importance of keeping a secret in Shona culture. In the sculpture, a person is depicted holding their finger to their lips, symbolizing the need for secrecy.

Kuvenguhwa's use of the Mapiti style, which emphasizes the natural lines and curves of the stone, brings a sense of fluidity and movement to the sculpture. The details are expertly crafted, showing the artist's deep understanding of his craft.

As with many of his other Shona sculptures, Kuvenguhwa's work speaks to the cultural traditions and values of Zimbabwean society. The importance of keeping secrets is a common theme in many African societies, and this sculpture is a beautiful reminder of that.

If you appreciate the beauty and significance of Shona sculptures, then you'll love Kuvenguhwa's work. His pieces are truly works of art, capturing the spirit and culture of Zimbabwe in a way that is both authentic and captivating.


 Magnificent piece of work from Sam.  Small sculpture but very beautifully made. Period mid end 1990s.  Sculpted by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve 

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Secrets and their importance in Shona Culture