The mermaid has a humble posture, as if kneeling and paying respect to her seniors. There is great emphasis in Shona culture on the importance of humility, especially of a young girl when she marries and joins her husband's household.
Morgan has made the expression of human relationships and Shona culture through the metaphor of the njuzu or water spirit his oeuvre.
The njuzu is a very popular theme in Zimbabwean sculpture, and every artist has their own style of interpretation. In a way, this piece marries two common themes in Zimbabwean sculpture, as it carries strong connotations of the muroora (young bride) too.
Fruit serpentine is the local Zimbabwean name for this colourful variety of serpentine stone. This piece has a funny round mark which is part of the natural stone; we can email you a close-up image if you want to be sure.