Mother Buck Protecting The Baby

2010

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 31cm (h)
  • 50cm (w)
  • 15cm (d)

16kg

The mother bushbuck protects her baby because it seems everything eats fawns, including man. Sometimes if a predator comes, she will run away as a decoy and leave the baby hidden in the bushes. When the predator has gone, she comes back to find her little one safe and sound.

Sylvester is a keen hunter and makes a trip every Christmas to the north of Zimbabwe to shoot an impala or two (as he says, there’s plenty). Like most hunters, though, he reveres the prey and values impala and bushbuck for the life they give to sustain the life of man.

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…