Christopher Perkins

Maori meeting

Maori meeting by Christopher Perkins

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This mysterious evocation of rural New Zealand is presided over by Mount Taranaki. The two central figures greet each other, while behind them is a stone taumata atua - a votive figure sacred to Rongomatane, god of the sacred kumara. This painting presaged the figurative group paintings of Māori by such artists as Russell Clark, Eric Lee Johnson and Peter McIntyre. It also showed artists like Rita Angus, a way to blend symbolism and place.

Title
Maori meeting
Artist/creator
Production date
1932-1934
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
914 x 1829 mm
Inscription
Cr. P. 32-4 (l.r.)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1967
Accession no
1967/14/2
Other ID
67/25 Old Accession Number
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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