Weekend Ekphrastic Theme No. 3👒💜


This fabulous sculpture by one of Zimbabwe’s most famous artists depicts a mountain eagle attacking a pangolin. The eagle has returned to its nest to find the pangolin ransacking the nest and eating the eggs. The enraged eagle is vigorously defending the remaining eggs by taking the pangolin. Of course, the pangolin is protected by its scales, so presumably it survives – but perhaps it will think twice before raiding another eagle’s nest!

Sylvester is a venerable old man whose sculptures are often inspired by Zimbabwean nature from his childhood in the bush, and by Shona mythology and tradition.

Springstone is a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is a favoured medium for Zimbabwe’s top artists. It has dense uniform structure, with very few flaws, and is impermeable and naturally frost-resistant. It is suitable for outdoor display, even in temperate climates. From KEITH EVETTS.

Shapes shift in
Serpentine stone, eagle dives
on pangolin

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