This charming sculpture is a lovely example of the work of iconic Zimbabwean sculptor Henry Munyaradzi. It explores the strong bond between an ‘ambuya‘ (grandmother) and her grandson. In Shona society, people can only use the most respectful terms for greeting (ambuya for women, sekuru for men) once you are a grandparent. Therefore, there is a particularly special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, especially the first born.
This sculpture is being advertised for sale on behalf of a private collector. His father worked for the British Council in Harare in the early 1990s, and bought the piece from the respected Matombo Gallery in Harare in 1990.
It comes with the original Matombo Gallery certificate of authenticity and their receipt. There’s also an original photo taken by the gallery for their records, plus a certificate from Guruve. Detailed provenance gives the collector great peace of mind when investing in major artworks, and this piece is well supported.
This sculpture is in excellent condition as it has been professionally restored by Guruve. It is signed ‘Henry’ on the base.
Beware of less scrupulous people than ourselves selling non-authentic ‘Henrys’. Because of the high prices Henry’s work commands, he has been targeted by forgers over the years. Guruve take exceptional care to ensure all pieces are genuine.
This piece is in the UK and will be shipped from there; P&P at buyer’s expense.