Threads to our Ancestors


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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 550mm high x 550mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $49 internationally.

Original painting Sold, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 300 x 300mm, 2013


This work is an adaptation of C.F. Goldie's 1902 portrait of Ena Te Papatahi. Sofia's idea behind the radial lines is that they are threads reaching into the past to our ancestors from countless generations until the instant of creation and far into the future. They symbolize the traditional Māori notion of 'The Rope of Mankind' or 'Te Here Tangata'.  In Minson's opinion C.F. Goldie's recordings of Maori through portraiture in the 19th and 20th century has helped strengthened our generation's memories and connections to the ancestors of Aotearoa and has thereby strengthened the rope or thread of mankind.

Sofia Minson Paintings | New Zealand Artwork

SKU: 192 TAG: Regular archival paper

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