GM166. 49x12x10 in. - 135 lbs. $6,500. Please send address for shipping quote – Discount available for local purchase, delivery included.
This gorgeous piece was sculpted from a single piece of serpentine stone (called opal stone), in Zimbabwe, by Godfrey Matungamidze. The sculpture is first shaped, using a combination of chisels, rasps (files), and sometimes a grinder. Once shaped, the sculpture will still be rough because of the rasp’s rough teeth, so the next stage is sanding to get the texture smooth. Each grit of sandpaper, from the roughest to the finest, is used until the stone is super smooth. The goldish areas you see are actually the outer part of the stone, left un-touched to show off both a beautiful color, and texture. While many Zimbabwean sculptors polish their work with floor wax, Godfrey decided to leave this piece un-polished. The polished sculptures can fade in a lot of heat, so as well as being a stunning indoor sculpture, it would be great as a garden piece because there is no wax to fade. It will remain like this forever, with no maintenance required.
Because each piece is created by hand, and the coloration in each stone is different, the sculpture you are looking at is exactly the one you will receive. Please keep in mind that because these are natural stones, there are always flaws and imperfections. We have taken the clearest photos possible to show everything, but we believe that is also the beauty of these sculptures, that they were not produced in a factory, but rather by actual people, using natural stones quarried in the hills and mountains of Zimbabwe.