Feeling The Ripples

2017

Butter Jade

  • 29.5cm (h)
  • 54cm (w)
  • 12cm (d)

17.5kg

This fish is swimming happily, enjoying the warmth of the sun through the clear water.

The stone is full of subtle colours, like light on water.

Edmore is well-known for his lovely sculptures of fish. Such a gorgeous piece of stone, and very hard and impermeable making it suitable for outdoor display, perhaps by a pond?

‘Butter jade’ is the local Zimbabwean name for this beautiful and extremely hard variety of stone. It is not actually jade, nor is it a serpentine, and comes from near Birchenough Bridge in Zimbabwe and the Transvaal in South Africa.

The internal structure of fine grains appears layered (usually cream and pale green) like slate, but it behaves more like flint when it is sculpted!