Image of Ranginui and Papatuanuku
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Ranginui and Papatuanuku

$410.00 - $9,000.00 From $410.00

Original oil painting on canvas, 500 x 1800mm, 2007

'Ranginui and Papatuanuku' represents the ancient Maori creation myth. Before our world existed, tradition tells that Ranginui (sky father) and Papatuanuku (earth mother) clung together in a close, loving embrace. Rangi is depicted in this work as the grey sky above and Papa is signified in the river stones below. The central dark band describes the confined realm between Rangi and Papa in which their divine children were born. The white koru symbolizes the strongest son - Tanemahuta. He, along with many of his brothers yearned for more air, space and light in which to live. Legend holds that in planting his head on the earth and thrusting his feet against the sky, Tane succeeded in separating his parents. Once liberated, the children of Ranginui and Papatuanuku then became the various gods of Aotearoa.

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality. Image size is 153mm high x 550mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border. Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else.  Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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