Muroora (Young Bride)

2021

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 151cm (h)
  • 38.5cm (w)
  • 15.5cm (d)

60kg

The muroora (young bride) is a commonly recurring theme in Zimbabwean sculpture, of the perfect young lady within Shona society. She embodies the most valued feminine qualities of beauty, fertility and humility.

Each artist has their own personal way of expressing this idea. Often, artists portray her kneeling, to represent the humility she shows when she joins her new husband’s family compound.

However, in this piece she is standing – but the slight slant in posture shows her head is lowered, she doesn’t meet other people’s eyes. The lovely curves hint at an idealised female body shape. This most contemporary form expresses the values treasured by traditional (male) Shona culture in a young woman – beauty tempered by humility.

This is one of the tallest pieces in this year’s collection. It is visually striking from every angle, with strong confident lines and distinctive silhouette. Clearly, it would make a superb garden centrepiece or focal point.

Springstone is a hard variety of serpentine stone.  It is composed of tiny grains, densely packed, with very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action. Therefore, it is impermeable and is suitable for outdoor display.