Considered one of the greatest Shona sculptors of contemporary Zimbabwe, Bernard Matemera (1946-2002) created images of animals, spirits, people and the creatures which inhabited his dreams. These beings faithfully provided him with subject matter throughout his career. As can be seen in this classic example, and as described by the respected critic of Zimbabwean stone sculpture, Celia Winter- Irving, “There is in these sculptures an unspent power and reserve of energy. They speak both of the force within them and the force behind them. They are the product of great strength of mind as well as strength of the hand; of a strength of will as well as a strength of physique. They are indeed a celebration of the monumental.” Made of a green serpentine, the sculpture resembles most closely his 'Rhino man' series, circa early-mid 1970's. Measures 18"H, overall, including the custom base. Very fine condition.