This striking sculpture is by one of the most sought-after names in the Shona sculpture movement, Nicholas Mukomberanwa. Nicholas was a tremendously gifted sculptor, and his works are accomplished and sophisticated. Typically, they are stylised human figures or faces, with lines reminiscent (to the Western viewer) of Picasso or Art Deco aesthetics.
Nicholas was not a prolific artist, and as a result his pieces do not come onto the open market very often.
This piece represents a great opportunity for a dedicated collector of important Shona sculptures to add a substantial Nicholas to their collection.
Originally, this piece was exhibited at Gimpel Fils Gallery in Mayfair, central London. It was bought by Richard, Lord Attenborough and remained in his collection until his death a few years ago. The piece comes with a copy of the original gallery invoice from 1990.
The piece will also come with a certificate of authenticity from Guruve to confirm this is a genuine artwork by Nicholas Mukomberanwa.