Waka Māui


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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 700mm high x 700mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $35 internationally.

Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 1300 x 1300mm, 2008

This work was inspired by the legend of Māui, a demi-god who lived in Hawaiiki, the mythical ancestral homeland of the Māori. 

One day when Māui and his brothers went fishing far out into the ocean he dropped his magic fishhook over the side of the waka (canoe). He felt a strong tug on the line and after much straining and chanting of karakia (incantations), there surfaced Te Ika a Māui (the fish of Māui), known today as the North Island of New Zealand. 

Māui’s waka, Nukutaimemeha, subsequently transformed into the South Island of New Zealand, which to this day many call Te Waka a Māui (the canoe of Māui). 

In this painting, kotuku (white herons) are shown circling and flying towards the intricately carved bow piece of Māui’s waka Nukutaimemeha. These graceful birds are traditionally a symbol of good fortune and mark the arrival of a rare and sacred visitor.

Sofia Minson Oil Paintings | New Zealand Artwork

SKU: 10002 TAG: Archival paper

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