Golden Bay and Tall Men On Hill Tops
John Bevan FORD (Ngāti Raukawa ki Kāpiti, b.1930, d.2005): Artist
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The image describes two Dutch ships entering Golden Bay. Standing on the hilltops are abstracted "tall men" (rendered in a style similar to early Māori cave drawings), which was the description given of tangata whenua by the ship's crew. Above this scene is a kaitaka, a prestigious Māori cloak form, bordered with a triangular pattern known as 'niho taniwha' (the tooth of the dragon) and symbolises the power of nature. The cloak is a recurring image in this artist's work and may be interpreted as representing the authority of tangata whenua, and the protection offered by their ancestors, in this location.
Dimensions: frame: 1055 x 835mm
Dimensions: image: 720 x 510mm
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