Dance Of The Crowned Crane
Victor Ntshali has sculpted this pair of winged cranes that surround the vessel, thrown by George Manyathela. Each feather is sculpted with a matte glaze that provides a contrast to the gloss of the vase. The wings of the cranes are spread above their heads reminding one of the wings of a dancer. The young colt reaches up towards its mother, who arcs her neck down to feed him, with her leg cradling him protectively, beautifully capturing the intimacy and nurturing energy of a mother in nature.
Mthulisi Ncube has chosen a mixture of muted greys and whites, painting the cranes in a realistic style. The vase base is an inky black that beautifully contrasts the earthy green of the reeds surrounding the cranes. Along with the vase's skirt-shaped base, a vibrant tangerine and black stripe contrast the soft blue feather design, echoing the cranes' feathers.
Made by Victor Ntshali and painted by Mthulisi Ncube
Dimensions: H 60cm; L 36cm; W 32cm