Spirit Messenger
Sylvester Mubayi

2008

Springstone

176cm (h)

45cm (w)

31cm (d)

£15,000

"A bird spirit standing on a medium, a middle-aged man. It's a bird because it flies between the spirits and the medium. It is a bateleur eagle, like the one Frank McEwen had."

Frank McEwen was the very influential first director of the National Gallery in Zimbabwe. He had a bateleur eagle called Chapungu that he adored. Sylvester told of how it was neglected by the staff when Frank went away once, and how devastated he was to return and find it had died.

This is a very substantial piece by the greatest living Zimbabwean sculptor. The two holes in the lower section are remnants of the mining process.

Shona sculpture by artist Sylvester Mubayi from Zimbabwe: Spirit Messenger Shona sculpture by artist Sylvester Mubayi from Zimbabwe: Spirit Messenger Shona sculpture by artist Sylvester Mubayi from Zimbabwe: Spirit Messenger