Observing Bird


Butter Jade

  • 29.5cm (h)
  • 51cm (w)
  • 11cm (d)


A bird pauses, with head cocked, in a pose that suggests beady intelligent eyes – looking for tasty insect treats all around.

Nesbert has created a series of fantastic studies of birds this year. In typical Nesbert style, each one captures the essence of a bird in simple and elegant form.

‘Butter jade’ is the local Zimbabwean name for this beautiful and extremely hard variety of stone (usually cream and pale green). It comes from near Birchenough Bridge in southeastern Zimbabwe (and also from the Transvaal in South Africa).

Actually, it is not jade, nor is it serpentine: in fact, it seems to be related to agate. It is extremely hard and durable and is suitable for outdoor display in all climates. Being pale, butter jade sculptures stand out against a dark backdrop and make a real statement when picked out with a spotlight.