The pleasingly rounded form suggests a plump quail; the stone is full of fascinating colour and texture. A lovely combination!
Nesbert has created a series of fantastic studies of birds this year. Each one captures the essence of a bird with the minimal use of line, in typical Nesbert style.
‘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. Being pale, butter jade sculptures stand out against a dark backdrop and make a real statement when picked out with a spotlight.
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