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.
230 x 300mm
oil on canvas
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
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