Paying Attention
Sylvester Mubayi

2007

Lepidolite

29cm (h)

16cm (w)

11cm (d)

£2,900

"The daughter-in-law pays particular attention to what her mother-in-law says; she shows her lots of respect."

The daughter-in-law (muroora) is a theme that keeps popping up in Shona sculpture. In Zimbabwean culture, a young woman is expected to behave with great deference to her husband's family when she marries. As time passes, and she becomes first a mother and then a grandmother, respect accrues to her.

Lepidolite is a mineral of the mica group, containing lithium. For the geologists among you, find out more here. This stone came from Bikita, one of two sources in Zimbabwe. Bride by Richard Mteki is made from lepidolite from the other mine, which is a deeper purple.

Shona sculpture by artist Sylvester Mubayi from Zimbabwe: Paying Attention Shona sculpture by artist Sylvester Mubayi from Zimbabwe: Paying Attention Shona sculpture by artist Sylvester Mubayi from Zimbabwe: Paying Attention