This intriguing sculpture is being sold through Guruve’s online gallery by a third party collector.
It was originally purchased by the current owner from the ‘Karavan Of The Nile’ gallery in Philadelphia, USA in 1989.
The gallery owner bought the piece from Joseph personally, while working as a teacher in Zimbabwe in the mid-1980s.
Shona culture and mythology inform so many of Joseph’s pieces. Sadly, the exact story for this piece is not known. Joseph has sculpted a bird of prey sitting on this lady’s head to indicate her fierce pride. Presumably there is a certain type of raptor that embodies pride in Shona beliefs.
The seller has the original purchase documentation, so there is no doubt that this is an authentic work by Joseph Ndandarika. Joseph is one of the most sought-after names of the Shona sculpture movement, and this is a great example of his fascinating work. Joseph’s works do not come onto the secondary market very often, so this is a rare opportunity for a collector to acquire one of his pieces.
The piece has been cherished for many years and is in excellent condition, particularly considering its age. It is signed on the back.
This sculpture is currently in the USA. P&P at buyer’s expense.