Shane Cotton

Te Waiwhariki

Te Waiwhariki by Shane Cotton

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This iridescent tonal portrait borrows from an infamous carved self-portrait of Ngāpuhi chief Hongi Hika (c1780–1828), who played a key role in the New Zealand musket wars. Shane Cotton appends native and exotic birds to Hika’s full-face moko.

These act as symbols of hope, the future and as warnings alongside a painted target. Hika’s original portrait was made in 1814 in Sydney where he

met missionary Samuel Marsden. This painting is named after one of Hika’s guns and a famous battle between Ngāti Maru and Ngāpuhi.

Te Waiwhariki
Production date
acrylic on canvas
1800 x 1600 x 40 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2005
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Copying restrictions apply
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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