The Bride

Shepherd Madzikatire

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The Bride by Shepherd Madzikatire

Shona Stone Sculpture

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.


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.


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