Born To Shine


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 31.5cm (h)
  • 21cm (w)
  • 21cm (d)


portrait photo of Tutani Mgabazi

Tutani Mgabazi


She is a beautiful young girl. She’s feeling confident about life and is sure she has a bright future ahead of her.

A delightful sculpture, her crowning glory is the curling tresses of hair tumbling down her back.

Tutani has used different techniques to create this delightful sculpture. To achieve the shiny black surface, Tutani sanded the stone smooth and then applied clear wax. He has created the confident lines of her hair freehand with a wide tungsten carbide chisel.

The use of contrasting textures and finishes, and the sympathetic use of the natural form of individual pieces of stone, are very typical of the Shona sculpture movement as a whole.

The rough grey stone is the raw springstone (a hard type of serpentine stone from Mvurwi in northern Zimbabwe). When it weathers, it becomes brown.