Possessing The Promises


Butter Jade

  • 94.5cm (h)
  • 55cm (w)
  • 20cm (d)


Biography portrait photo of Zimbabwean sculptor artist Tendai Gwaravaza

Tendai Gwaravaza


“The holes are the promises made. Things that are promised that are not yet tangible.”

So the movement of the sculpture represents the calling in of debts and obligation, of making intangible promises into reality. How clever, to have the holes or ‘negative space’ stand for the intangible nature of a promise, and the solid stone to represent its transformation into physical form, whether in hard cash or some other kind of support.

Tendai joined us last year. We love the simplicity of his organic forms, which he marries with bold choices of raw materials. This elegant sculpture is a perfect example.

‘Butter jade’ is the local Zimbabwean name for this beautiful and extremely hard variety of stone (usually cream and pale green). In fact, it isn’t jade, nor is it serpentine: it seems to be related to agate. It is extremely hard and durable and 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.