Rainmaker (Haya)

2023

Leopard Rock (Serpentine)

  • 64cm (h)
  • 32cm (w)
  • 16cm (d)

8.5kg

The haya is a type of bird whose seasonal appearance coincides with the arrival of the rains. In the rural areas of Zimbabwe, people know the bird and welcome its arrival after months of dry weather. Unsurprisingly, the haya is a good-luck symbol in Shona traditions.

However, many species of birds migrate to southern Africa to enjoy the glut of insects that appears with the rainy season! Therefore, it’s hard for us to be definite about which type of bird the haya might be. Previous conversations lead us to suggest it might be some kind of cuckoo.

This is a lovely sculpture, with a very strong silhouette and sweeping elegant lines.

Interestingly, we organized bringing this gorgeous ‘leopard rock’ serpentine stone to Nesbert. We hoped to encourage him to diversify away from his favourite, springstone, which is black. The leopard rock is very hard and impermeable, so it’s suitable for display outdoors as well as indoors. However, it’s the colour and patterns within the stone which give it a real wow factor.

The colour of the stone is a slightly lighter green than shown in some of the photos. Apologies, insufficient light levels in the studio!

Shipping is from the UK via tracked courier; P&P at buyer’s expense.

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For UK clients, you can also arrange a viewing by appointment.