'Stork Bird' is an original opal serpentine stone sculpture signed by the contemporary Zimbabwean artist Jonathan Nhete. The artist presents in this sculpture a highly abstracted figure of a bird, the long beak and eye of which emerges shining and polished from within a heroic almond-shaped loop formed by the bird's wings. Such abstracted forms recall traditional African sculpture as well as the work of modern masters like Constantin Brancusi who looked to non-Western sources for inspiration. The sculpture's surface is brought to a beautiful polish, allowing the green of the serpentine to create a glittering depth as immense as a lake or river.
32 x 19 x 6 1/2 inches, sculpture
2.75 x 12 x 12 inches, concrete and marble base (included at request of buyer)
34 .75 x 19 x 12 inches, overall
signed "Nhete Jonathan" along bottom edge on reverse
with hole drilled in foot to accommodate 0.5-inch steel support rod
overall good condition; brown stain at base of bird neck; some minor scratches