Waiting for her children (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

Intricate details are a hallmark of Sampson Kuvenguhwa's artistic style, and this stunning verdite Shona stone sculpture is no exception. The sculpture portrays a woman who is waiting for her children, highlighting the crucial role of family in the Shona culture. Kuvenguhwa's use of the Mapiti style and his mastery of the medium make this sculpture an exceptional work of art.

Sampson Kuvenguhwa's work is a testament to the beauty and versatility of Shona sculpture. He is known for his intricate attention to detail and his ability to infuse his works with a sense of movement and emotion. This verdite Shona stone sculpture is a testament to his exceptional skill as a sculptor. The sculpture's lifelike portrayal of a woman waiting for her children conveys a sense of deep emotion that is characteristic of Kuvenguhwa's work.

The use of verdite, a rare and highly prized type of Shona stone, further highlights the beauty and value of this sculpture. This precious stone is notoriously difficult to work with, but Kuvenguhwa has managed to bring out its full potential in this stunning work of art. The sculpture's subtle green hues and natural patterning create a sense of organic movement that adds to the sculpture's overall sense of vitality.

Through his work, Sampson Kuvenguhwa has become one of the most celebrated Shona sculptors of his generation. His work has been exhibited around the world, and he has won numerous awards for his contributions to the art world. This verdite Shona stone sculpture is just one example of his exceptional talent and serves as a testament to the beauty and richness of Zimbabwean art.


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Importance of family in Shona Culture 

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