Portrait Of A Tonga Woman
This is the most substantial sculpture from Arthur Fata, who joined Guruve's gallery in 2012. A large head in deep lilac lepidolite, this a real statement piece.
The Tonga are a people native to Zimbabwe. They come from the north and west of Zimbabwe, along the shores of Lake Kariba and around Binga. Other Zimbabwean people rather look down on them as illiterate subsistence farmers.
Arthur is already a well-established artist with a reputation for experimental work.
Lepidolite is a mineral of the mica group, containing lithium. This stone came from Bikita, one of two sources in Zimbabwe. Bride by Richard Mteki is made from lepidolite from the other mine, which is a deeper purple.