Ready To Kiss
Richard Mupumha

2016

'Butter Jade'

26cm (h)

33cm (w)

15.5cm (d)

13.5kg

£480

A girl tilts her head up expectantly.

As a refreshing contrast to the predominantly abstract sculpture that we show, this is a solid yet stylish figurative work. The use of contrasting textures is a common technique, typical of the Shona sculpture art movement.

'Butter jade' is the local Zimbabwean name for this beautiful and extremely hard variety of stone. It is not actually jade, nor is it a serpentine, and comes from near Birchenough Bridge in Zimbabwe and the Transvaal in South Africa. The internal structure of fine grains appears layered (usually cream and pale green), but when it is sculpted it behaves more like flint.

Shona sculpture by artist Richard Mupumha from Zimbabwe: Ready To Kiss - from above Shona sculpture by artist Richard Mupumha from Zimbabwe: Ready To Kiss - right side Shona sculpture by artist Richard Mupumha from Zimbabwe: Ready To Kiss - back