Keeping Them Warm


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 12.5cm (h)
  • 10cm (w)
  • 15cm (d)


portrait photo of Royal Katiyo

Royal Katiyo


In this charming little sculpture, the mother shelters her newly hatched chicks under her wings to keep them warm, dry and safe.

Royal made his name internationally with his lovely sculptures of quails. He achieves the stippling effect for the feathers using a chasing hammer, which has little teeth, and striking the stone with perfect precision over and over, almost like sculpture pointillism.

The contrasting finish of the eyes and beaks is achieved by sanding the stone smooth and then applying clear wax.

Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is dense and durable, with small grains, and rarely has any imperfections, making it a superb sculpture medium.

This piece is super value – a great entry-level original sculpture by a well-known name within the Shona sculpture art movement.