Clapping Hands


Lemon Opal Stone (Serpentine)

  • 54cm (h)
  • 30cm (w)
  • 33cm (d)


This is a super medium-sized stone sculpture by the most influential artist of the ‘second generation’ of internationally recognised Shona sculptors from Zimbabwe, Brighton Sango. Guruve is advertising it for sale on behalf of a third party.

In rural Zimbabwe, it is customary to clap ones hands softly when greeting others, especially senior members of the community, to emphasise showing your respect. This amazing sculpture is abstract, almost cubist, in form – yet in concept it takes its inspiration directly from traditional Shona customs and roots it in social context. Just what the discerning collector of contemporary African art looks for!

This sculpture was originally purchased from Brighton Sango in person by the current owner’s brother; he journeyed out to Guruve district in northern Zimbabwe to visit the artist in his home, way back in 1992. Delightfully, the seller has some photos taken on that day – one of the sculpture in situ (with the young man who acted as guide) and one of Brighton and the guide (name now forgotten) sitting together. These original photos will be included with the sculpture as the perfect provenance.

The sculpture is deeply inscribed on the base with Brighton’s characteristic signature ‘SANGO’.

We have not seen the sculpture, it being on the other side of the world (!), but Guruve are sure this is an original work by one of our favourite and most admired sculptors from Zimbabwe’s Shona sculpture movement. ┬áThe piece has a couple of very minor marks, but overall it is in very good condition for its age.

The stone is known locally as ‘lemon opal’ stone, but is actually a variety of serpentine – most commonly this lovely grass-green colour and slightly translucent. It doesn’t contain any opals, sorry!

This sculpture is in Australia and will be shipped from there; postage and packing at buyer’s expense. All reasonable offers considered.