Arnold Manaaki Wilson

Ringatu

Ringatu by Arnold Manaaki Wilson

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Arnold Manaaki Wilson attributed his creative inspiration not only to being Māori but also to being mentored by elders – the teaching of forebears and spiritual leaders such as Te Kooti. Ringatu pays formal homage to a legendary figurehead in New Zealand’s story of conflict with Māori. The sculpture portrays Te Kooti the man. The gesture of the upraised hand prominent in this work is performed during ceremonial gatherings of Ringatū. Wilson’s chiselled form rests the upraised hand on the prophet’s head as a sign of consecration.

Title
Ringatu
Artist/creator
Production date
1958
Medium
kauri
Size (h x w)
1015 x 235 x 145 mm
Inscription
Ringatu/1955 (Underneath base in brown felt-tip pen).
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1992
Accession no
1992/33/3
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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