The Monkey and The Crocodile

  • No. 15

This magnificent Ardmore Rider, sculpted by Bennet Zondo, brings to life a folktale of how a clever monkey outwits the crocodile who offers him a lift on his back and then tries to eat him.  Opting to leave most of the reptile unpainted in this Zambezi Masterwork, Mandla Ngwenya has emphasised the scales on the croc’s back and tail, the cheeky monkeys hitching a lift and the proud African warrior with his basket of guinea fowl. The result is a masterpiece of visual storytelling.

    • Bennet Zondo
    • Bennet Zondo
      - Sculptor

      Bennet Zondo was born in Lesotho. When he was old enough, he decided to go to neighbouring South Africa to seek a better life for himself, finding work as a gardener in the Champagne Valley area of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2002 he took a clay model of ... read more

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    • Mandla-Enkosi Ngwenya
    • Mandla-Enkosi Ngwenya
      - Painter

      Mandla-Enkosi was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in 1982. He studied at the Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre and graduated in 2002. Before he came to Ardmore, Mandla worked at Nivek Ceramics and Into-Art in Johannesburg. He joined Ardmore in June 2012, having been introduced to Fée ... read more

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