Traditional Tree


Avocado Serpentine

  • 45.5cm (h)
  • 27cm (w)
  • 23cm (d)


portrait photo of Charles Kowo

Charles Kowo


“A type of tree that is very unusual, only found rarely in the deep sango [bush, outback]. The elders and ancestors used to use it for divination, to predict the strength of the coming rainy season. They would go to the tree and drink beer and pour libation and dance to the drums. If the tree stands tall, the rains will be good. If it wilts, they will be poor.”

Charles’ pieces really caught our attention last year, and persuaded us to add him to Guruve’s elite group of sculptors. We hope to see more great things from him in the future.

Because of its striking pale green and yellow colouration, this hard variety of serpentine stone has been named ‘avocado serpentine’.

The colours in the stone are entirely natural, merely enhanced by the application of a coat of clear wax. The lines you can see are part of the natural serpentine stone – they are not cracks or lines of weakness.