"Ancestor of Taranaki"
Painting on aluminium mounted on board. Figure of a woman with long hair dressed in a cloak is depicted to the right of the image. The pattern of her cloak and the necklace she wears is etched into the aluminium. She is painted without discernible facial features. She has three white feathers in her hair, which represent Raukura, the three albatross feathers that symbolise the legacy the Prophets of Parihaka left for all people. A silhouette of Mount Taranaki is visible in the centre of the painting. It is pictured with three red lines painted above it, which also symbolises the Raukura of Parihaka. Above the silhouette of the Mountain is a faintly visible face (eyes, nose and mouth) representing the spirit of an ancestor. A border is etched, burnished and painted around the image. This border is evocative of the border of a cloak.
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