Lean On Me


Flower Serpentine

  • 24cm (h)
  • 32cm (w)
  • 11cm (d)


Famous Zimbabwean sculptor Edward Chiwawa of the Shona sculpture art movement

Edward Chiwawa


“In love, you have to support each other. So when one has a problem, they go to the other for comfort.”

A partner should be someone you can turn to for comfort and good advice. Edward and his wife Shirley were happily married for many decades until she died a couple of years before this sculpture was made. They had thirteen children together, and he clearly missed her very much.

A quintessential example of Chiwawa’s work, with the trademark double-ringed eyes, elongated noses and sharply-edged mouths. There is a very pleasing balance and symmetry to this piece, and a very appealing theme.

This wonderful red and silvery-grey stone is a rediscovered variety of serpentine stone from Mudhindo in northern Zimbabwe. All the colouration in the stone is entirely natural.