Nigel James - African (Shona)

Notorious Leader, 2002
Sculpture, Opal serpentine
21.75 x 12 x 11 in
SKU: 11087g
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'Notorious Leader' is an original opal serpentine sculpture by Zimbabwean artist Nigel James. The sculpture, a mask-like face of a man, takes joy and pride in the texture of the stone itself: one half of the face is polished smooth, revealing the green color of the opal stone; the other half is left with a rough-hewn surface as the stone was quarried. Likewise, the features are highly stylized and are formed into the shape of the stone block. The figure's nose and brows seem to loop above each eye, and the hair and beard run a pattern of curving parallels lines on the crown and chin. The result is a celebration of natural forms and the genius of man.

opal stone (serpentine)
21.75 x 12 x 11 inches
98 lbs
signed "Nigel" along base
Overall excellent condition with no signs of wear