Twin Sisters


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 55cm (h)
  • 19cm (w)
  • 8cm (d)


portrait photo of Edronce Rukodzi

Edronce Rukodzi


Traditional Shona beliefs (in common with much of the rest of Africa) held that twins were somehow dangerous to society as a whole, and they were often killed at birth. As society changed, due to the influence of urbanisation, globalisation and Christianity on Zimbabwean culture, this practice has died out and the arrival of twin children is now celebrated like any other healthy baby. Now the family may even celebrate the mother’s fecundity!

As a senior sculptor, much of Edronce’s work is influenced by Shona customs and spiritual beliefs.

Springstone is a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is an excellent sculpture medium, as it has a dense internal structure with very few flaws.