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Huia Ariki

Original painting Sold, mixed media on loose canvas, 800 x 1240mm, 2014
Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

Sofia painted "Huia Ariki" on 36 loose canvases, joined together to form a korowai or cloak-like garment with woven flax, feathers and rope. The designs are influenced by traditional Maori, Pacific and Eastern motifs. The mandala at the heart centre of the bird is an ancient Hindu and Buddhist circular pattern symbolising the universe.

Huia are a now extinct native New Zealand bird species, which were mainly black with a green metallic tinge and bright orange wattles. Huia tail feathers, distinctively tipped with white, were prized for their use in traditional Māori headdresses.

Māori referred to certain huia as huia-ariki or "chiefly huia". The huia-ariki were a brownish colour streaked with grey and it is unknown whether this variant was partially albino or just of great age.

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 800mm high x 506mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border.  Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD).  Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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