‘The protected egg’

Florence visits Lovemore Mashapure, a local sculptor. He shows her the stone sculpture he’s working on. It’s called ‘The protected egg’ and is made from a local rock called springstone.

Zimbabwe has a variety of rocky landscapes and all kinds of stone are used for the traditional Shona sculptures.

Carvings have long been a part of the country’s culture and Lovemore talks about how skilled working with stone goes back to the time of Great Zimbabwe. (See the History and Politics section to find out more about this ancient empire.)

The skills of Zimbabwe’s stone craftsmen have been passed down through the generations. And this process continues, thanks to people like Lovemore. He’s already teaching interested youngsters all about his craft.