Spirit Rhino Looking After The Baby
Sylvester Mubayi

2010

Springstone

69cm (h)

37cm (w)

40cm (d)

£6,500

As a gesture of thanks to the humans who have dedicated their lives to protecting the rhino against poachers, the rhino spirit is caring for their baby, to say thank you for looking after us.

All of Sylvester's sculptures are carefully thought-out works with a powerful message. The rhino is much revered by the Shona, and it is very wrong to kill one. There are very few left in Zimbabwe now, as poaching has become a big problem again in recent years.

Springstone is the local name for a hard variant of serpentine stone. It is the favoured medium for Zimbabwe's most famous sculptors.

Rather than our words though, why not watch Sylvester speaking about his sculpture...

Shona sculpture by artist Sylvester Mubayi from Zimbabwe: Spirit Rhino Looking After The Baby Shona sculpture by artist Sylvester Mubayi from Zimbabwe: Spirit Rhino Looking After The Baby Shona sculpture by artist Sylvester Mubayi from Zimbabwe: Spirit Rhino Looking After The Baby