Christopher Perkins

Maori meeting

Maori meeting by Christopher Perkins

Artwork Detail

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.

Maori meeting
Christopher Perkins
Production date
oil on canvas
914 x 1829 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1967
Accession no
Other ID
67/25 Old Accession Number
No known copyright restrictions
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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