Njuzu (Mermaid)
Edronce Rukodzi

2006

Springstone

54cm (h)

33cm (w)

17cm (d)

£400

The njuzu (water spirit) is part of Shona mythology. They live in deep lakes and rivers, and may lure the unwary person into the water. Those who return from this experience are more likely to become shamen, as they have travelled between the physical and spiritual worlds.

Njuzu are thought of as mermaids, human on the top half and fish-like below, and are a common theme in Zimbabwean sculpture.

This piece has a lovely contrast between the elegant grey lines of Edronce's trademark detailing and the shiny black of the polished springstone.

Shona stone sculpture by Zimbabwean artist Edronce Rukodzi Njuzu (Mermaid) Shona stone sculpture by Zimbabwean artist Edronce Rukodzi Njuzu (Mermaid) Shona stone sculpture by Zimbabwean artist Edronce Rukodzi Njuzu (Mermaid)