Natural Beauty
Tutani Mugavazi

2015

Springstone

67cm (h)

25cm (w)

20cm (d)

35kg

£650

Such an imaginative use of an interesting piece of stone. The textured surface of the natural weathered stone balances atop her head like an elaborate headdress, contrasting beautifully with the smooth elegance of her exquisitely sculpted face.

Zimbabwe is littered with piles of granite boulders stacked in almost unbelievable towers, like God has been playing Jenga, so Tutani's choice of this particular piece of raw stone that echoes the kopjes serves to inform the viewer that this stunning lady is a Zimbabwean lady through and through!

The use of contrasting textures and finishes, and the sympathetic use of the natural form of individual pieces of stone, are typical of the Shona sculpture movement as a whole.

Shona stone sculpture Natural Beauty by Zimbabwean artist Tutani Mugavazi - front Shona stone sculpture Natural Beauty by Zimbabwean artist Tutani Mugavazi - right side Shona stone sculpture Natural Beauty by Zimbabwean artist Tutani Mugavazi - back