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Also known as Black Serpentine, this is a dense stone with fine grain and uniform structure. This makes it an ideal source of raw material for the sculptors.
Sculpted by Phineas Masaya in his home village of Chitungwiza, near Harare, in Zimbabwe,
this piece reflects the essence of family unity in Shona culture.
Phineas was encouraged by his father, also a stone sculptor, to start a career in
carving. He derives his inspiration from old Shona myths and traditions told to him
by his Grandmother. He is 32 years old but he has already exhibited in prominent
Galleries in Harare, the Capital.
“Unlimited Family” is carved from Springstone, Africa’s hardest stone and the most
difficult to sculpt. This unusual piece is one of the most striking examples of Phineas’s