Njuzu (Water Spirit)


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 51cm (h)
  • 18.5cm (w)
  • 15cm (d)


portrait photo of Richard Mteki

Richard Mteki


The njuzu, the spirit that inhabits lakes and rivers in Shona mythology, is a very common theme in Zimbabwean sculpture. Many artists have used it as inspiration, and each artist has their own individual interpretation. In this piece, Mteki cleverly fuses a human head with the tail of a fish, and gives the whole piece a sinuous fish-like movement.

This intriguing sculpture provides a perfect example of Richard Mteki’s signature style. It’s great value for money for an artwork by one of Zimbabwe’s most well-known ‘first-generation’ artists. Certainly, it would make a perfect starting point for any budding Shona sculpture collection.

This piece is being advertised for sale on behalf of its current owner, who purchased it directly from the artist in 2007. We can send a digital photo of the artist with the piece, taken at his studio in Harare, to the buyer. This is as well as the certificate of authenticity and artist biography from Guruve.

The last photo clearly shows Mteki’s signature on the back of the piece. The condition is excellent.

This sculpture is in the UK and will be shipped from there; buyer pays costs of packing and freight.
Please contact us for a shipping estimate, quoting the delivery address with post code, if you are considering purchase.