Butter Jade

  • 86cm (h)
  • 58cm (w)
  • 19cm (d)


Biography portrait photo of Zimbabwean sculptor artist Tendai Gwaravaza

Tendai Gwaravaza


A stylized eagle folding inwards: where the lines come to a point under the hole is the bird’s head; the top point is the wing; the main part of the sculpture is its body, and the point on the left side is its tail.

Tendai joined Guruve’s select group of artists last year, and we are delighted with his new collection of sculptures for 2024. We love the simplicity of his organic forms, which he marries with bold choices of raw materials. This elegant sculpture is a great example, with the sweeping lines of the swooping eagle and the swirling colours within the stone.

‘Butter jade’ is the local Zimbabwean name for this beautiful and extremely hard variety of stone (usually cream and pale green). It comes from near Birchenough Bridge in southeastern Zimbabwe (and also from the Transvaal in South Africa).

Actually, it is not jade, nor is it serpentine: in fact, it seems to be related to agate. It is extremely hard and durable. As a result, it is suitable for outdoor display in all climates. Being pale, butter jade sculptures stand out against a dark backdrop and make a real statement when picked out with a spotlight.

Shipping from the UK is via tracked courier; P&P at buyer’s expense. If you’d like a shipping quote, please email us giving your delivery address (including post/zip code) and contact details. The sculpture is pre-drilled and we can supply a pin.

For UK clients, you can also arrange a viewing by appointment.