Fighter
Edmore Chijumani

2016

'Butter Jade'

20.5cm (h)

35cm (w)

12cm (d)

5.5kg

£250

A male fish in its prime of life, ready to take on all comers in pursuit of a mate.

Edmore has given this fish's tail a gorgeous curve that gives the impression that it is swimming around in the water.

'Butter jade' is the local Zimbabwean name for this beautiful and extremely hard variety of stone. It is not actually jade, nor is it a serpentine. The internal structure of fine grains appears layered (usually cream and pale green), but when it is sculpted it behaves much more like flint.

Shona sculpture of a fish by artist Edmore Chijumani from Zimbabwe: Fighter - left side Shona sculpture of a fish by artist Edmore Chijumani from Zimbabwe: Fighter - front right Shona sculpture of a fish by artist Edmore Chijumani from Zimbabwe: Fighter - front left