J W Giles (Artist) George French Angas (Related Artist)

Rangihaeata's Pah, with the Island of Mana and the opposite shores of Cook's Straits

Rangihaeata's Pah, with the Island of Mana and the opposite shores of Cook's Straits by J W Giles, George French Angas

Artwork Detail Request a print

Angas's description:

"PLATE LVII.

RANGIHAEATA'S PAH; WITH THE ISLAND OF MANA

AND THE OPPOSITE SHORES OF COOK'S STRAITS.

SOON after the massacre of Wairau, Rangihaeata erected the stronghold opposite Mana, which is represented in the accompanying plate: it is guarded by enormous wooden posts, sunk very deep into the ground, and firmly lashed together by means of flax rope and aka. The approach to it from seaward is guarded by a reef of rocks running a long way out into the Straits. Above the pah is a wahi tapu, the view from which, looking across Taupo Pah, is given in a preceding plate. Beyond is seen the Island of Mana, or Table Island, at the southern side of which is a small pah belonging to Rangihaeata, where stands his celebrated carved house, called kai tangata, or "eat man" (Plate IV). The opposite shores of Cook's Straits are distinctly visible, with the rugged, and, in many places, snow-capped mountains of the Middle Island, marking the direction of Queen Charlotte's Sound. In the foreground are canoes belonging to Rauparaha, with the flax (Phormium) growing upon the grassy bank adjoining the beach. Mana is distant about five miles from the mainland, and has long been a celebrated resort of the shore whalers who frequent Cook's Straits."

Title
Rangihaeata's Pah, with the Island of Mana and the opposite shores of Cook's Straits
Artist/creator
Production date
1844
Medium
lithograph in tints, handcoloured paper
Dimensions
230 x 335 mm
Inscription
George French Angas (l.l.) J.W. Giles (l.r.). (title inscribed l.c.) NEW ZEALANDERS ILLUSTRATED (u.c.) Plate 57 (u.r.).
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the M A Serra Trust, 1987
Accession no
1987/16/7
Other ID
1987/16/7/B
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

If you’re interested in reproducing this artwork, you can enquire here.

Request a print