Advising Aunt
Edward Chiwawa

2016

'Flower Serpentine'

29.5cm (h)

18cm (w)

11cm (d)

7.5kg

£660

An aunt with her niece:
"She is giving her advice on how to live, how to go on with life."

In Shona culture, the relationship between a girl and her mother's sister is a strong one, and the aunt may offer advice on sensitive issues, such as puberty and sexuality.

Edward has signed it on the base.

This mottled green stone is a hard variety of serpentine. All the colouration in the stone is entirely natural; clear wax has been applied to the surface to reveal the depth of colour within.

Shona stone sculpture Advising Aunt by Zimbabwean artist Edward Chiwawa - front left Shona stone sculpture Advising Aunt by Zimbabwean artist Edward Chiwawa - front right Shona stone sculpture Advising Aunt by Zimbabwean artist Edward Chiwawa - back