Whistling Head
Fanizani Akuda

2007

'Cobalt' Stone

32cm (h)

22cm (w)

10cm (d)

SOLD

A quintessential example of the much missed Fanizani's soft and quirky style. A minimal shaping of the surface of the stone creates a head with pursed lips - cheery fellow! Just like Fanizani himself.

The sculpture is accompanied by a photograph of Fanizani with the piece to guarantee authenticity - unfortunately, since his death, forgeries of Fanizani's work have been seen on the market.

It is part of a collection of sculpture bought by Guruve directly from the artist in 2007 - these are the last few pieces!

Cobalt stone is the local Zimbabwean name given to this purple type of serpentine. It does not, as far as we know, contain any cobalt.

Shona sculpture Whistling Head by first-generation artist Fanizani Akuda from Zambia - front Shona sculpture Whistling Head by first-generation artist Fanizani Akuda from Zambia - left side Shona sculpture Whistling Head by first-generation artist Fanizani Akuda from Zambia - front right