“She is deep in thought about somebody; her lover is not there and she’s missing them.”
Her hair has been smoothed with a rasp and then the braids picked out with a grinder. The rest of the sculpture has been sanded and waxed to bring out the depth of colour.
Shona culture prefers a young girl to be shy rather than forward, and this piece celebrates unselfconscious beauty.
Unsurprisingly, this hard variety of serpentine stone has been named ‘avocado’ after its striking green and yellow colouration.
The piece is in the UK and will be shipped from there; P&P at buyer’s expense.