Proud Woman


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 59cm (h)
  • 48.5cm (w)
  • 21cm (d)


Portrait photo of second generation Shona sculptor Brighton Sango of Guruve, Zimbabwe

Brighton Sango


This is a lovely example of Brighton’s work, encapsulating his amazingly influential cubist interpretation of the world through stone.

The strength and resilience of a woman radiates through the square set of her shoulders and the proud lift of her chin.

The title used is that given by the present owner – the original title has been mislaid. Shame!

The present owner acquired this piece at auction, one of a number of consecutive lots of Shona sculpture – suggesting the liquidation of a collector’s amassed pieces. Unfortunately, that does not tell us exactly where and when the piece was originally purchased.

However, it is signed “SANGO 88”, so presumably it left Zimbabwe in the late 1980s. It was probably sold through Matombo Gallery, which represented Sango in Harare, but the original invoice has been lost in the mists of time.

It is in immaculate condition, having been recently professionally restored by Guruve. The very attractive price for a piece of this size by such a prominent artist reflects the ‘missing link’ of the provenance from original purchase to present. We have no difficulty at all in confirming at as an original Sango however, and are delighted to offer it for sale through Guruve.

A copy of the book “Shona Sculpture” by Ferdinand Mor (1987) accompanies the piece.