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Noku Te Whenua

Oil painting on canvas, 1300 x 1300mm, 2007
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Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

The title of this work is part of the ancient Maori proverb:

"Noku te whenua, o oku tupuna"

The land is mine, inherited from my ancestors

From the sensuous curved river stones of Papatuanuku (earth mother) grows an intricately adorned tree, which describes Sofia’s connection to her whakapapa (genealogy). Native birds including Pouakai Eagles (extinct c.1400AD), Tui and Piwakawaka (Fantail) bring moments of movement and life to the enduring descendant of Tane (god of the forest). The small pendants of manaia carvings dangling from high branches each represent a tupuna (ancestor). The manaia is an ancient mythical being with a bird’s head and a human form. It is said to be the messenger between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits.

Sofia is affiliated with the Ngati Porou iwi (a tribe from the east coast of the North Island). Their sacred proverb of identity is as follows:

"Ko Hikurangi te maunga Ko Waiapu te awa Ko Ngati Porou te iwi"

Hikurangi is the mountain Waiapu is the river Ngati Porou is the tribe

Incorporating these elements into the work, Hikurangi stands silhouetted on the fiery red horizon and the Waiapu river is seen creeping over the rocks in an intricate koru design.

“Noku Te Whenua” explores the beauty and significance of land and ancestry to Maori.

Special Limited Edition Print

Noku Te Whenua comes in a special limited edition print of just 30. Prints are on matte paper of museum archival quality. Image size is 700 x 700mm and is surrounded by an unprinted white border. All prints are proofed by the artist Sofia Minson before she signs, titles, dates and numbers them. 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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