Robin Slow - Mohua

Media: Stretched canvas 62 x 122cm

Acrylic, gold leaf

Mohua is the old name of Golden Bay. It is also the name of the small endangered yellowed bodied manu. He waiatas to the deity Tane Mahuta beseeching protection. Tane is shown with the porutu an instrument, an instrument of the patupaiarehe. Surrounding him are the kotoku, the sacred manu brought from the heavens. The tui, the other sacred bird flies from the centre upwards, there to hang flight before descending.

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