Object: Ko hine te iwaiwa, ko hine korako, ko rona whakamau tai
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|Title||Ko hine te iwaiwa, ko hine korako, ko rona whakamau tai|
Kahukiwa, Robyn (artist), 1993, New Zealand
|Medium summary||oil and oilstick on unstretched canvas|
|Materials||oil paint, canvas|
x 2996 (Length)
|Credit line||Purchased 1995 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds|
This painting by Robyn Kahukiwa focuses on the mana (prestige) of Maori women and, more particularly, of female ancestors who feature in Maori creation stories.
The work depicts Hine-te-iwaiwa (centre) and two associated female atua (gods), Hine Korako and Rona Whakamautai . These atua are connected with women, childbirth, and Maori weaving – an art form specific to Maori women.
Kahukiwa is of the iwi (tribes) Ngati Porou, Te Atianga-a-Hauiti, Ngati Konohi, and Whanau-a-Ruataupare. She is credited with paving the way for Maori women artists in the 1980s. Her exhibition Wahine Toa: Women in Maori myth launched her career when it toured the country in 1984.
Largely self taught, Kahukiwa has developed a distinctive style that expresses Maori experience in New Zealand and Maori cultural and societal concerns.
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