Rainbird (Haya)


Nyanga Serpentine

  • 22.5cm (h)
  • 15cm (w)
  • 24cm (d)


Famous Zimbabwean sculptor Edward Chiwawa of the Shona sculpture art movement

Edward Chiwawa


The haya is a type of bird whose seasonal appearance coincides with the arrival of the rains. In the rural areas of Zimbabwe, people know the bird and welcome its arrival after months of dry weather.

However, many species of birds migrate to southern Africa to enjoy the glut of insects that appears with the rainy season! Therefore, it’s hard for us to be definite about which type of bird the haya might be. Previous conversations lead me to suggest it might be some kind of cuckoo.

This unusual variety of serpentine stone comes from Nyanga in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. It was the favourite medium for famous first-generation artist Claud Nyanhongo, whose family came from the Nyanga area. It’s a pretty pale yellowy-green with black dots.

Edward has signed it on the base.