Cultured Girl

Tutani Mugavazi


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Cultured Girl by Tutani Mugavazi

Shona Stone Sculpture

Type of Stone: Spring Stone

Dimensions: 31 x 12 x 6 inches

The sculpture depicts a girl who understands her culture and abides by its principles. Her demeanor and posture show that she is a good listener and has bestowed upon herself the role of custodian of the values of her culture for future generations.


Born in 1975 in Guruve, northern Zimbabwe, he is the second in a family of eight. Growing up with his uncles, Luke and Francis Mugavazi, themselves renowned sculptors, provided a natural transition for this young boy to develop an interest in art and craft. School holidays were spent with his uncle, Francis, whose mentorship played a key role in honing the skills of this young artist. At only twelve years of age, Tutani had his first customers. Soon his father realized the potential in his young boy and bought him his first tools at the age of thirteen. He later introduced him to Tom Blomefield, founder of the Tengenenge Sculpture Community.

While still at secondary school, Tutani's pieces found their home in National Gallery of Zimbabwe and when he left school in 1992, he became a full time sculptor. In 1993 he jointly exhibited his art work with his uncle Luke Mugavazi and this, marked the beginning of his career as a professional sculptor with his sculpture exhibited in Europe, Asia, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa.


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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What are Shona Sculptures?

The most dedicated of artists display a high degree of integrity, never copying and still working entirely by hand, with spontaneity and a confidence in their skills, unrestricted by externally imposed ideas of what their "art" should be. Now, over fifty years on from the first tentative steps towards a new sculptural tradition, many Zimbabwean artists make their living from full-time sculpting and the very best can stand comparison with contemporary sculptors anywhere else.

The sculpture they produce speaks of fundamental human experiences - experiences such as grief, elation, humor, anxiety, and spiritual search - and has always managed to communicate these in a profoundly simple and direct way that is both rare and extremely refreshing.

The artist 'works' together with his stone, and it is believed that 'nothing which exists naturally is inanimate' - it has a spirit and life of its own. One is always aware of the stone's contribution in the finished sculpture and it is indeed fortunate that in Zimbabwe a magnificent range of stones are available from which to choose: hard black springstone, richly colored serpentine and soapstones, firm grey limestone and semi-precious Verdite and Lepidolite.


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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