Tera Tetahi Manu

Shane Cotton, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1996.
About the Work
One of a number of works by the artist based on a poem which refers to an old story from the Ohaeawai area of the Bay of Islands known as Taiāmai. The poem refers to a white bird with feathers as bright as the light of day. The bird flew across the pacific to Aotearoa, where he lives to this day with the Taitokerau people.
Measurements
230 x 300mm
Media
oil on canvas
Description
Painting done in a brick red with black background. The text is in Maori ' Tera tetahi manu he ma ona huruhuru o rite ki te awatea I haere mai I nga whenua pamamao'. This could be translated into English as 'There is a single bird with white feathers like the dawn. It comes from a distant land.'
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1997
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
1997

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1997/3/1