Storytelling
Peter Chidzonga

2015

Springstone

33cm (h)

15cm (w)

11.5cm (d)

7kg

SOLD

The plump mother bird looks down fondly at her brood and prepares to tell them a story.

The black shiny areas have been sanded, waxed and polished. Peter then achieves the feathered effect by stroking the surface of the sculpture with a blunt rasp. This abrasion lightens the surface of the stone, creating contrast in colour and texture.

Springstone is the local Zimbabwean name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It has an even internal structure with very small grains; it is dense and has very few flaws, and is perfect for Peter's precise work.

Shona sculpture by artist Peter Chidzonga from Zimbabwe: Storytelling - front Shona sculpture by artist Peter Chidzonga from Zimbabwe: Storytelling - left side Shona sculpture by artist Peter Chidzonga from Zimbabwe: Storytelling - back