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The heart of Africa can be found in our stone sculptures.

HAND CRAFTED STONE SCULPTURE BY SHONA ARTISTS.

When you buy a Moyo piece, you are not just buying stone, but your own piece of history, a piece of modern contemporary art with an African flair.

Spirit of Three by Godfrey Kututwa

Stone: Spring Stone

Dimensions: 23 x 14 x 11 inches

The sculpture depicts three spirits inhabiting one body. The upper body of the sculpture resembles an animal while the lower body is that of a human face with opposing facial profiles, half the face being blind and the other with vision. In Shona culture, a personÕs being is authenticated by existence of three identities spirits: the self sighted half of the face, the departed ancestor the blind half and the Mutupo totem represented by an animal or a body part of an animal. In any traditional ceremony these three identities are established before any proceedings take place. The artist sums up the Òthree in oneÓ cultural identities of the Shona people and presents its facets in one representative masterpiece, he calls The spirit of Three.

Godfrey was born in 1967 in Honde Valley in Zimbabwe. Though physically incapacitated, he did not allow his physical impermanent to derail and rob him of his dream or limit him in any way. Unable to speak and almost completely deaf, he started sculpting at the age of 21 as a direct result of encouragement from Claud Nyanhongo, one of ZimbabweÕs leading artists whose sons and daughters are also artists.

For several years Claud stayed with Godfrey in Chitungwiza and mentored him. Since 1996, he has been working independently in his own studio and has since found his own style as he feeds the language of nature into his sculptures, focusing on nature and the human form, coming out with powerful and expressive sculptures.

ABOUT THE STONE FROM ZIMBABWE

Only skilled sculptors are able to work with the stone due its hardness.

Every sculpture is made from natural stone and varies slightly due to the nature of the stone and the natural grain which is part of the stone. Some stones will contain inclusions, pits, or fissures because of their 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 signify the authenticity of the product. Only skilled sculptors can work with the stone due to its hardness. The stone can withstands harsh weather conditions and can be placed in a natural environment, for example a garden.

WHAT ARE SHONA SCULPTURES?

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