The ‘mother and child’ theme is a very traditional inspiration for an African sculpture.
Sylvester Mubayi is the most famous of Zimbabwe’s surviving first-generation ‘Shona’ sculptors and his work sometimes has an almost ‘tribal’ feel – much more so than the work of the younger artists.
Fruit serpentine is the local Zimbabwean name for a very colourful, slightly translucent type of serpentine stone. It comes from Kwekwe and is of a similar hardness to the black serpentine known as springstone. The sparkles come from crystals of mica and iron pyrite in the stone.