The bride

Shepherd Madzikatire


Type of stone: Spring Stone 
Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 9 inches This is piece is inspired by the story of an African bride. Upon payment of lobola, the bride is presented by her family to the GroomÕs family and usually the extended family. A week later, the bride is taken to her in-laws homestead, normally at dusk, accompanied by people singing and chanting bridal songs. She will be covered in a beautiful white veil and people will not see her face. Every few steps the bride will stop walking while she is presented with gifts. This continues until she reaches the homestead. She sits on the doorstep and is presented with more gifts. Once inside the hut, she and her aunt sit on a traditional mat made of reeds. In order to see her face, family and friends present her with money and other gifts, amid cheers of joy and jubilation, singing, cheering and dancing. SHEPHARD MADZIKATIRE Born 1970, in Rusape, in eastern Zimbabwe, Shephard has been creating works of art since his primary school years. In the 1990Õs, his inspiration came largely from Job KekanaÕs wood carvings. His work is almost abstract, featuring humans and animals, and influenced by African culture and traditional beliefs. Shephard now lives in Chitungwiza (near Harare). His work has been extensively exhibited in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

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