Godfrey Kututwa


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WATER SPIRIT by Godfrey Kututwa

Shona Stone Sculpture

Type of stone: Cobalt stone

Dimensions: 29 x 15 x 13 inches

In his sculptures, Godfrey goes outside the norm, to explore the extra ordinary, deeply rooted in Shona spiritual beliefs. The sculpture portrays Njuzu, the Water Spirit as seen in the clear waters of the Save river in the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe. Only the view of the human face is apparent as the waves of the Save river sweeps across its concealed form. This mystical being has her eyes wide open amidst the raging waves of the river and has a surreal and supernatural expression on her face. She is evasive and a rare sight only seen by a revered few. She is the guardian Spirit, the destroyer of the evil among her people and the protector of their virtue. She is the Water Spirit.


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.


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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