Quail Family
Royal Katiyo

2016

Springstone

9cm (h)

17cm (w)

13.5cm (d)

2kg

£275

Mum and her two chicks huddle together.

Royal made his name internationally with his lovely sculptures of quails. The stippling effect is achieved using a chasing hammer, which has little teeth, and hitting the stone with perfect precision over and over, almost like sculpture pointillism.

Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is a superb sculpture medium, as it has a dense and even internal structure of small grains of rock, and is therefore perfect for Royal's detailed style of sculpting.

Shona sculpture by artist Royal Katiyo from Zimbabwe: Quail Family - side I from above Shona sculpture by artist Royal Katiyo from Zimbabwe: Quail Family - side II Shona sculpture by artist Royal Katiyo from Zimbabwe: Quail Family - side II from above