Happy Mother


Cobalt Stone (Serpentine)

  • 15.5cm (h)
  • 21cm (w)
  • 23cm (d)


Famous Zimbabwean sculptor Edward Chiwawa of the Shona sculpture art movement

Edward Chiwawa


“When a woman has her first child, she looks after the baby so carefully, she doesn’t want anything bad to happen to it.”

A lovely representation of the common theme of the mother and child, wrapped in the draped folds of a blanket. Edward pictures the young mother cheek-to-cheek with her new baby, basking in their happiness.

Edward has signed this piece on the base.

‘Cobalt stone’ is the local Zimbabwean name given to this type of serpentine, which is typically a mixture of purple and green. This lovely pink and pale green variety comes from the area around the town of Guruve in northern Zimbabwe. It does not, as far as we know, contain any cobalt mineral but may originally have been discovered near a cobalt mine.