The Art of Stone Sculpting in Zimbabwe

Meyavé has successfully merged artistry with tradition and is proud of its unique collaboration with Zimbabwean artists.

They have a special connection to this vibrant art community and have formed lasting partnerships with some of Zimbabwe's incredible sculptors, such as Dominic Benhura, Confidence Zinyeka, Godfrey Matungamidze, and Bywell Sango.


Itai is always looking for new work by these exceptional artists and spends an average of three months each year in Zimbabwe. He also collaborates with local artists and creates his own designs.

The art of stone sculpting in Zimbabwe blends rich tradition and culture with the vision and skill of each artist. Each creation is a unique combination of stone and sculptor.


Inspiration from Raw Stone

At the heart of Zimbabwean stone sculpture is the raw, untamed beauty of serpentine stone. Sculptors take their inspiration from the rock and are known to patiently wait for the stone to "speak" to them. This spiritual process allows the stone's form, color, and texture to inspire its creation. There is a belief that the spirits of ancestors or natural entities live within the stone, waiting to be revealed through the sculptor's hand.


Sketching with Charcoal

The sculptural journey begins with charcoal and stone. Artists sketch their visions onto the raw surface, capturing the essence of what will be sculpted. This initial step is crucial, setting the foundation for the transformation of stone into art.


Shaping with a Punch

The journey from raw stone to sculpture begins with a punch. This tool allows artists to chip away at the rock, gradually revealing the hidden form within. It's a delicate balance of technical skill and artistic vision.


Smoothing with a Chasing Hammer

Following the rough shaping, a chasing hammer equipped with tiny teeth is used to refine the sculpture's surface. This stage is essential for removing the coarser textures, smoothing the stone, and preserving the sculpture's original form.


Surface Refinement

Surface refinement involves various techniques, from using grinders and files to chisels for the areas inaccessible to grinders. This stage is adaptable, dependent on the availability of power tools, and crucial for preparing the sculpture for finer detailing.


Fine Detailing

Attention to detail is key. Specialized tools, including smaller files and punch hammers, allow artists to add intricate features and it is this fine detail that brings the sculpture to life.


Washing with Sandpaper

The sculpture is then "washed" with wet and dry sandpaper, transitioning from coarse to fine grades. This labour-intensive process perfectly smooths the surface, preparing it for the final touches.


Wax Application

This step begins with heating the sculpture, either with a paraffin blowtorch or an open fire, followed by applying transparent wax layers. The wax layers protect and enhance the stone's natural beauty.


Polishing and Shining

The final touch involves buffing the waxed areas with a soft cloth, creating a shine that enhances the sculpture's depth and color. This process is vital for bringing out the natural beauty and vibrancy of the stone.



The art of stone sculpting in Zimbabwe is a meticulous process of transforming stone into expressions of beauty and culture. Each step, from the initial sketch to the final polish, reflects the sculptor's patience, skill, and dedication to crafting genuine and original sculptures.

Meyavé is proud to contribute to this tradition, working closely with Zimbabwean artists to bring their incredible creations to a global audience.

We invite you to explore our collection, where each piece tells a story of creativity and cultural heritage, connecting you with the rich traditions of Zimbabwean artistry.