Flying Elephant

2019

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 13cm (h)
  • 34cm (w)
  • 15.5cm (d)

6kg

The little elephant flaps its big ears like wings, ready to fly.

This quirky, almost cartoonish, representation of a elephant is typical of Ephraim’s work. He is one of the last living first-generation artists from Zimbabwe’s shona sculpture movement.

Ephraim has signed it on the base (under its feet).

Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is a favoured medium for Zimbabwe’s top sculptors, as it is very hard and durable with few flaws. The brown lines are veins in the stone.