Watching Carefully


Butter Jade

  • 38cm (h)
  • 70cm (w)
  • 14cm (d)


portrait photo of Edmore Chijumani

Edmore Chijumani


A fish alert and poised for action, watching her environment carefully in case of danger. Her tail is high and she’s puffing herself up to make herself look bigger to ward off predators.

What a magnificent fish! This is an exceptional sculpture from Edmore, well-known for his lovely sculptures of fish. The combination of the gorgeous stone and the movement of sculpture brings an iridescent bream to life.

‘Butter jade’ is the local Zimbabwean name for this beautiful and extremely hard variety of stone. It is not actually jade, nor is it a serpentine, and comes from near Birchenough Bridge in Zimbabwe and the Transvaal in South Africa.

The internal structure of fine grains appears layered (usually cream and pale green) like slate, but it behaves more like flint when it is sculpted! This piece has some unusual bottle green colouring.

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