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This sculpture is part of a private collection. Our client is willing to consider all serious offers. This piece was acquired in the early 1980’s from Tengenenge Art Village in Zimbabwe directly from Tom Bloomfield and was subsequently loaned to the Zimbabwean Embassy in Japan, for a long-term exhibit at the Tokyo Okura Hotel. This is an outstanding piece from an artist that was largely responsible for encouraging the Shona sculpture movement to use harder stones.
This is piece has been verified by the Tengenenge Art Gallery as being authentic and is supplied with a signed certificate by Dominic Benhura, the now director at Tengenenge.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Bernard Matemera 1946-2006. Matemera was one of Zimbabwe’s first generation sculptors of hard stones. He was also one of the first sculptors to turn his passion into full time work. Prior to sculpting Bernard was a cattle herder. His work has a distinguishing character influenced mainly by animals and a mystical tribe which haunted his dreams. Many of his pieces were of fearful mythical creatures typically having only two or three fingers. His pieces also have exaggerated features and suggestive body features. Not unlike much of Bernard’s work this piece has a polished and smooth finish.
We are currently looking for collectors who may wish to buy this piece and are open to all serious offers.
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