Zambezi Crocodile Queen Vessel

Somandla Ntshalintshali hand coiled this rhythmical masterwork for ‘The Great Zambezi’ collection. Its monumental form writhes with entangled crocodiles, whose tails spiral in and interlock to create a belly button in the middle of this work. It reminds us of the spiral-shaped Ndoro, an ancient Zimbabwean currency from the time of the Phoenicians. Somandla has also placed crocodiles on the sides of the vase and their tails form elegant handles that give spacial lightness to this massive form. Zinhle Nene - known at Ardmore as the "Queen of the crocodile", because she has mastered the painting of every scale of these reptiles - has embellished the vase with her fine brush and sgraffito needle, creating crocodile-textured patterns across the surface. The crocodiles themselves have been left a glowing white.

    • Somandla Ntshalintshali
    • Somandla Ntshalintshali
      - Sculptor

      Somandla Ntshalintshali was born on 13 September 1980 at Ardmore Farm in the Champagne Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, where he attended Mountain View Primary School. Somandla was working as a gardener at Ardmore when Moses Nqubuka offered him the opportunity to sculpt in the studio. He leaped at ... read more

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    • Zinhle Nene
    • Zinhle Nene
      - Painter

      Zinhle is an attractive, modern, very together, young woman. She followed her talented older sister, Jabu Nene, to Ardmore and, since then, has developed into a brilliant painter – but her ambition does not end there. In 2005 she completed two years of study at business school ... read more

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