Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Ipu • Vessel


  • Medium: clay, oxides
  • Size: 27.5 × 8 × 8 inches
  • Reference Code: K30502

Tangaroa Whakamau Tai is the Maori deity of the ocean realms, regulator of the tides and currents. One of a new series of vessels celebrating Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (the Pacific Ocean), which connects the shores of Aotearoa and Vancouver, Canada. A celebration of the connecting of the peoples of Kiwa.

Manos Nathan

Manos Nathan


Te Roroa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi


Since the mid-1980s, Manos has been at the forefront of the Māori ceramic movement. He is co-founder of Nga Kaihanga Uku, the national Māori clayworkers’ organization, although his background is in woodcarving and sculpture. (He carved the meeting house at Matatina Marae, Waipoua Forest, on his tribal lands.) His clay works draw on customary art forms and on the Māori cosmological and creation narratives. In 1989, he travelled to the United States on a Fulbright grant to visit Native American potters. A reciprocal visit took place in 1991.