“It is shaped like a droplet of rain water. Inside is a bird, all curled up, with its wing stretching up. So it’s the haya [rainbird].”
This superb little sculpture cleverly combines the idea of rainfall, and through that the importance of water to life, with the bird that Shona people recognise as announcing the arrival of the rainy season – haya, a type of cuckoo.
Elegant sweeping lines swirl around into a soft-looking organic form, with such perfect finishing that it looks like it has been glazed with glass. It is by one of Zimbabwe’s best young artists, and is an original and unique handmade sculpture. It’s also great value for money!
This particular variety of leopard rock (a type of serpentine stone) is also astonishing. It is found near the town of Shamva in northern Zimbabwe, and the big chunky crystals really do look like the blotched coat of a leopard.
The piece is in the UK and will be shipped from there; P&P at buyer’s expense.