Sweet Memories


Avocado Serpentine

  • 39cm (h)
  • 31cm (w)
  • 27cm (d)


portrait photo of Tutani Mgabazi

Tutani Mgabazi


“When people are absent-minded, you can tell there’s something on their mind. By the look on their face, you can tell if they are sad or sweet memories. From the expression on her face, she is lost in good memories.”

This lovely medium-sized sculpture is substantial and makes a real statement. Tutani makes full use of the texture of the natural stone for her hair, with its glorious tumbling tresses, and he picks out the movement freehand with a grinder.

Typically, artists from the Shona sculpture movement have often experimented with contrasting textures and finishes. In addition, artists approach the natural form of individual pieces of stone sympathetically. Therefore, they are working with the stone rather than imposing their ideas upon it.

Obviously, we named this hard variety of serpentine stone ‘avocado serpentine’ after its striking green and yellow colouration. The colours and texture within the stone are entirely natural, enhanced by the application of a coat of clear wax.