Arnold Manaaki Wilson

Tane Mahuta

Tane Mahuta by Arnold Manaaki Wilson

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The simplified tree-like form of Arnold Manaaki Wilson’s sculpture signifies the atua or god of the forests, Tāne Mahuta. In Māori history, Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother) lay embracing each other in darkness with their children nestled between them. Their son Tāne Mahuta wanted his parents to make room for people to live between them in a world of light. After he forced his parents apart Tāne went on to father the forests, birds and people. Tane Mahuta is carved from aged kauri and has been polished to a golden patina.

Title
Tane Mahuta
Artist/creator
Production date
1957
Medium
kauri
Size (h x w)
1210 x 213 x 148 mm
Inscription
Tane Mahuta (underneath base in felt-tip pen).
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1992
Accession no
1992/33/2
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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