An abstract figurative sculpture by Nesbert Mukomberanwa in lemon opal stone with a springstone base, measuring 160 x 210 x 120
mm and weighing 3 kgs.
A very striking stylised head incorporating Nesbert’s trademark face with its delicate features. Its bold angular lines give it a cubist feel. It is interesting to note that Nesbert’s uncle, the late great Nicholas Mukomberanwa, travelled to Paris and spent some very constructive time with Picasso, and that family history is sometimes echoed in Nesbert’s work.
The base is made of springstone – a type of serpentine. It is 11cm diameter and 2cm in height. The total height given above is the height for the sculpture and base combined. The sculpture is pinned and glued to the base.
‘Lemon opal’ stone is the local Zimbabwean name for this hard, bright green variety of serpentine stone; it is of a similar hardness to springstone. The colours in the stone are entirely natural, enhanced by the application of a coat of clear wax. It does not, however, contain opals – sorry!