Week 43 of 2017

week 43Edward Chiwawa Zimbabwe, 1935. Sun Spirit, 1977, 46x18x33cm, Green Serpentine: a part of the NGZ permanent collection

The artwork depicts a head adorned with an expression associated to a the curled lips mimicking a wail; the essence of the spirit form being aligned with  the history  of the San people who moved down the Rift Valley from Ancient Egypt, splitting into smaller groups over time and reaching the plateau over thousands of years,  without losing the formative aspects of that past. The spirit represents a manifestation of knowledge to the contemporary- a renaissance of ideals and values which founded a people.

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