Admiring the flower

Jonathan Mhondorohuma


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Admiring the flower by Jonathan Mhondorohuma

Shona Stone Sculpture

Stone: Spring stone

Dimensions: 42 x 12 x 10 inches

Jonathan Forisai Mhondorohuma

was born in 1974 in Mvurwi. He is the youngest of four children. Jonathan is married to Faith and together they have three children, two boys, and a girl. Jonathan started sculpting with stone at the very young age of 10. He loved creating art so much that in 1989, when his friend, Square Chikwanda invited him to the Tengenenge Sculpture Village, he promptly agreed and spent the next six months at Tengenenge learning basic sculpting skills. Jonathan then moved to Harare, where he met the master first-generation sculptor, Joseph Ndandarika. The late Ndandarika was widely regarded as one of the greatest sculpting talents Zimbabwe has ever known and Jonathan considered it a privilege to be able to work with him. By 1997, Jonathan had established himself as a household name in the sculpting industry. He was invited to join the artist residence program at the prestigious Chapungu Sculpture Park. His sculptures are often inspired by his family.


Every sculpture is made from natural stone and varies slightly due to the nature of the stone and natural grain which is part of the stone. Some stones will contain inclusions, pits, or fissures as a result of its geological formation. The natural recurring iron/seaweed strata lines in the stone give the stone its character and makes it unique.

Natural lines are colorful lines formed within the stone. These are not flaws, but rather signifies the authenticity of the product. Only skilled sculptors are able to work with the stone due its hardness. The stone can withstands harsh weather conditions and can be placed in a natural environment.


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Where the Stone is Found

The typical Shona stone is an abundant material in Zimbabwe, with much of the stone coming from the counties “Great Dyke”. This geological formation which stretches along Lake Kariba on Zimbabwe's southern border with Zambia contains some 375 minerals plus fossils dating back 500 million years ago

Shona sculptures come in many shapes and sizes, as they are usually carved from pieces of stone that vary considerably. The stones most often used in Shona sculpture are sandstone, serpentine and granite.

How The Sculptures Are Created