Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Te Ruru • New Zealand Owl


  • Medium: tōtara
  • Size: 27.5 × 16.5 × 15 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: KX50902

Maori tradition recognizes the existance of ancestral guardians (kaitiaki) that took the forms of different kinds of creatures. The guardians that warn of death are owls (ruru). Owl guardians are sometimes known as Hine-Ruru (owl woman). This guardian has the power to protect, warn and advise.

Rex Homan

Rex Homan


Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa

(1940- )

Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.