‘Chitsidzo’ (Agreement)

2019

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 17.5cm (h)
  • 25.5cm (w)
  • 13cm (d)

3kg

portrait photo of Tonderai Sowa

“Couples who get married give each other something, like [it says], ‘I promise I won’t break the relationship’. In our culture, you go to your spouse’s family and give something to the family … [it’s] the same, a present that shows this is what we have agreed.”

So this beautifully balanced little sculpture is a wedding gift between either partners-to-be or their in-laws, representing a message of the agreement between them.

Springstone is the local name for a hard type of serpentine stone. It has a dense, even internal structure of small grains of rock with very few flaws, and is the perfect medium for Tonderai’s technically challenging style. The lines are natural veins in the stone.