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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 550mm high x 511mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $35 internationally.
Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 1400 x 1300mm, 2007
'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.
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