Witchdoctor or Sangomas or Ngangas Shona (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

In the Zimbabwean culture, the role of the witch doctor or Nganga is incredibly significant. They are believed to possess a great deal of power and are highly respected within their communities. These spiritual leaders are considered to be healers and are consulted for everything from physical ailments to problems with relationships or finances. Their advice and guidance are highly valued, and many people believe that they can connect with the spiritual world to provide insight and solutions.

Sampson Kuvenguhwa in hs Mapiti style has created a remarkable shona stone sculpture depicting a witch doctor in black serpentine. The intricacy of the carving and the attention to detail are truly remarkable, and it is clear that Sam has a deep understanding and respect for the role that these spiritual leaders play in his culture. The sculpture captures the essence of the witch doctor's power, and the energy that emanates from it is palpable.

The use of black serpentine for the sculpture is also noteworthy. This stone is believed to have powerful protective properties and is often used in shona art to create works that provide strength and spiritual protection. The combination of the intricate carving and the powerful energy of the stone creates a piece of art that is both beautiful and meaningful.

Overall, Sam Kuve's shona stone sculpture of a witch doctor is a testament to the importance of spiritual leaders in Zimbabwean culture. It captures the essence of their power and the reverence with which they are held. The piece is a stunning example of Sam's talent and his deep connection to his cultural heritage.

Witch Doctor


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