Spirit Rhino Looking After The Baby


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 69cm (h)
  • 37cm (w)
  • 40cm (d)


portrait photo of Sylvester Mubayi

Sylvester Mubayi


As a gesture of thanks to the humans who have dedicated their lives to protecting the rhino against poachers, the rhino spirit is caring for their baby, to say thank you for looking after us.

All of Sylvester’s sculptures are carefully thought-out works with a powerful message. The rhino is much revered by the Shona, and it is very wrong to kill one. There are very few left in Zimbabwe now, as poaching has become a big problem again in recent years.

Springstone is the local name for a hard variant of serpentine stone. It is the favoured medium for Zimbabwe’s most famous sculptors.

Rather than our words though, why not watch Sylvester speaking about his sculpture…