Eagle Protecting Man

c. 1988


  • 64cm (h)
  • 15cm (w)
  • 13cm (d)


This sculpture is being offered for sale on behalf of a private collector.

Much of Joseph Ndandarika’s work was informed by Shona mythology. Some people have particularly close relationships with a particular animal, they might be thought of as being guided or protected by the embodiment of that creature’s spirit. It’s likely, therefore, that this piece expresses these beliefs.

This interesting sculpture by Joseph Ndandarika was purchased by the current owner’s family in 1988, when they visited Zimbabwe to acquire pieces for their gallery in New York, called the Hayden Gallery. Unfortunately, the invoice for this particular piece has not yet been located – though this may mean it was bought directly from the artist.

This piece is Hayden Gallery’s reference number 132. The original Hayden Gallery catalogue photo of Eagle Protecting Man accompanies the piece.

It is in very good condition, as the current owner has recently done a super restoration. However, the stone is not the best quality – it has a number of deep lines (see close up photo) so we would recommend it for indoor display only, where this would not be an issue. The relatively low asking price reflects these imperfections. We can email more photos on request.

The piece is signed on the back. Dimensions in inches 25” x 6” x 5” and weight 45lb.

It is located in the USA and will be shipped from there; P&P at buyer’s expense.

Guruve are delighted to be able to show a genuine work by Joseph Ndandarika, whose sculptures rarely come onto the open market.

We only show works we are convinced are genuine. We strongly advise collectors to acquire proper provenance for their pieces wherever possible, such as a photo of the artist with the piece or original gallery documentation dating back to the original purchase from the artist, and to archive them for posterity as it greatly adds to the value and saleability of an artwork.