Mother’s Care


Domboshawa Opal Stone (Serpentine)

  • 32cm (h)
  • 30cm (w)
  • 13.5cm (d)


The bond between a mother and her child is the strongest bond of all.

The way Jonathan has sculpted the folds of cloth draped around them both visually reinforces the invisible bonds between them.

‘Domboshawa opal stone’ is the Zimbabwean name for this particular type of serpentine stone, a creamy-white variety of what’s known as ‘common opal’ stone (which is a pale green). It comes from the Domboshawa area, just forty kilometres north of Harare, where huge granite domes (the remains of long-dead volcanoes) dominate the scenery.

It is one of the softer stones we show, so we do not recommend it for outdoor display. The texture you can see in the photos comes from numerous tiny pits in the stone; these don’t affect its strength but they are indicative of its porosity. Displayed indoors, with dramatic spotlighting against a darker background, this lovely sculpture would be a super focal point.

This sculpture is in the UK and will be shipped from there; P&P at buyer’s expense.