Hornbill Nest
Ishmael Chitiyo

2016

'Flower Serpentine'

23cm (h)

26cm (w)

17cm (d)

8kg

£330

The hole in the sculpture is the nest the hornbill uses in a tree and the side is the shape of a hornbill's beak.

Unusually, the female red-billed hornbill barricades herself in the nest, using mud and saliva, and she and the chicks depend on the male to bring them food.

This really is a lovely small sculpture, and represents superb value for money for a unique work of art. Although intricate in composition and with demanding techniques, such as the removal of much of the inner stone, the overall feeling is of clean fluid lines and simplicity.

Shona stone sculpture Hornbill Nest by Zimbabwean artist Ishmael Chitiyo - front Shona stone sculpture Hornbill Nest by Zimbabwean artist Ishmael Chitiyo - left side Shona stone sculpture Hornbill Nest by Zimbabwean artist Ishmael Chitiyo - right side