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Te Waka

Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 1400 x 1300mm, 2007

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

'Te Waka' was inspired by the legend of Kupe, the great Polynesian navigator. Kupe is said to have journeyed from Hawaiiki, the mythical ancestral homeland of the Maori, to become the first person to discover Aotearoa. Matahorua was the name of his great ocean going vessel and it is pictured in this painting with an intricately carved bow piece. On their voyage from Hawaiiki, the Matahorua's crew travelled for some time before Kupe's wife Hine Te Aparangi sighted the shores of New Zealand. The land appeared to lie beneath a great cloud. Because of this, they named the islands Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud.

The solitary, ancient waka is depicted in this work resting upon the shores of Aotearoa after its immense journey. Graceful Kotuku (White Herons) fly towards the shore. They traditionally symbolize peace and mark the arrival of a rare and sacred visitor. As Kupe and the crew of the Matahorua leave the waka to explore the newly discovered land, this painting gives the sense that the spirit and memory of their great voyage remains.

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality. Image size is 550 x 511mm and is surrounded by an unprinted white border. All prints are proofed by the artist 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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