Enter the House of Tane


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Original painting SOLD, oil on Belgian portrait linen, 300 x 100mm, 2010

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  • Regular museum archival paper print - 300 x 300mm

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The story of Enter the House of Tane

"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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SKU: 37 TAG: Regular archival paper

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