It’s My Time


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 140.5cm (h)
  • 27cm (w)
  • 17cm (d)


portrait photo of Tutani Mgabazi

Tutani Mgabazi


“I’m so happy to be discovered as a model and to have the platform to show off my beauty. Thank God, it’s my time.”

Not everyone is so lucky, to get that chance, so she is doubly grateful – both for her beauty and for getting the chance to show it.

Tutani has a strong reputation for his elegant figures of women. This lady, with her shapely form and flowing hair, would be decorative asset to any garden.

Sculptures with this matt white surface look fantastic when lit up with a spotlight too, so you can enjoy it at night as well!

Tutani has used different techniques to create this delightful sculpture. For her dress, Tutani has repeatedly struck the stone with a chasing hammer (with rows of little teeth) to create the matt textured finish. To achieve the shiny black surface, Tutani has sanded the stone smooth and then applied clear wax. The rough grey stone of her hair is the raw springstone; Tutani textured the stone with a rasp and cut the lines of her braids with a grinder. The use of contrasting textures and finishes is very typical of the Shona sculpture movement as a whole.

Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It has an even internal structure of tiny grains, densely and evenly packed together. As a result, it is impermeable, with very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action. Therefore, it is suitable for outdoor display even in temperate climates.