This young lady is awakening at the start of a new day and stretching after her beauty sleep. She is like a glorious butterfly emerging from its cocoon.
The textured surface of the natural weathered stone contrasts beautifully with the smooth elegance of her exquisitely sculpted face.
This sculpture is wonderful to touch, as Tutani has incorporated the texture of the natural stone surface into his work. The use of contrasting textures is typical of Zimbabwe’s Shona sculpture movement.
Springstone is the local name for a very hard variety of serpentine stone. It is suitable for outdoor display, as it is dense and impermeable and frost-resistant. The reddish-brown colour comes from the iron in the serpentine stone, which had oxidised on the surface before Tutani selected it.