Working On The Land


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 38.5cm (h)
  • 30cm (w)
  • 24cm (d)


Shona artist Tonderai Sowa with one of his abstract sculptures

Tonderai Sowa


“They are bent over; they could be hoeing or sowing seeds.”

The bent-over shape of someone working the land. Tonderai has captured the rural labourer in abstract form.

Tonderai has established a reputation for astonishingly delicate and intricate work that is also very clean and simple. This is a fantastic small- to medium-sized sculpture (depending on your space!). It would be great for a central position as it is interesting from every angle.

Springstone is the local Zimbabwean name for a hard variety of black serpentine stone. It comes from a geological formation known as the Great Dyke, in northern Zimbabwe. It is rich in serpentine stone, and also iron and various other minerals such as chromium.