'Dressed For Tonight' is an original black serpentine stone sculpture signed by the Zimbabwean artist Rangarirai Makunde. The sculpture presents the figure of a tall and elegant woman wearing a floor-length gown. She demurely bends her knees and holds one hand to her chest. With her other hand she caresses the texture of her dress – a texture that likewise calls out to the viewer to touch. Indeed, as is so beloved of the artists trained in the Shona tradition, the entire sculpture is a celebration of the texture of stone: the woman's face and hands are polished smooth like skin, while her gown is chiseled with marks mimicking the appearance of fabric, and her hair with a roughness reflecting pride in Afro-textured hair. Thusly, the elegance of the stone carving emphasizes the elegance of the woman.
49 x 14.5 x 11 inches
signed along base on rear
with drilled hole in the center of base for a metal support rod
Overall excellent condition with no signs of wear