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Toia mai te waka

Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 550 x 1500mm, 2011

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

“Toia Mai Te Waka” means “pull up, the canoe” and is part of an ancient canoe-hauling chant.  Now it is most often chanted as a 'haka pöwhiri' to symbolically pull the 'canoe' of the visitors safely onto the marae.

This painting is a symbol of the arrival of humans to Aotearoa.  Two huia birds, a now-extinct native species, are watching the unfamiliar vessel as they perch on a branch next to a native kaka beak flower.  

Sofia 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, resting upon the shores of Aotearoa after its immense journey.

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 300mm high x 818mm 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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