A really delightful sculpture of a beautiful lady’s head by a previous winner (and three-time finalist) of Zimbabwe’s prestigious National Arts Merit Awards sculpture category.
Rufaro’s confidence with the chisel shines through in her beautiful face with its sharply defined eyes, nose and lips. He has used a very narrow tungsten carbide-tipped chisel to create the detail of her hair; the shiny areas have been sanded smooth, heated and clear wax applied and polished.
‘Cobalt stone’ is the local Zimbabwean name given to this type of serpentine, which is typically a mixture of purple and green. All colouration and texture within the stone is entirely natural.
This variety comes from the area around the town of Guruve in northern Zimbabwe. It does not, as far as we know, contain any cobalt mineral but may originally have been discovered near a cobalt mine.