Enter the House of Tane
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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 550mm high x 183mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $35 internationally.
Original painting Sold, oil on Belgian portrait linen, 300 x 100mm, 2010
"The forest is a living thing just as I breathe and live.Every leaf, every tree, every insect, every bird, feels and knows this. When I enter its domain, I know I enter the House Of Tane" - From Maori natural lore
Tane Mahuta is the god of the forests and birds and the son of Ranginui and Papatuanuku, sky father and earth mother. In this painting we are confronted by the 'kaitiaki' or 'guardian' of Tane's domain, which is in the form of a carved manaia figure. The manaia is an ancient mythical being seen in traditional Maori carving with a bird's head and a serpent's tail. They are said to be the messengers between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of spirits. In this work Sofia muses that the guardian being is welcoming those who have upmost respect for the forests and earth to "Enter the House Of Tane".
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