Traditional Māori social structure can be described as tribal. The tribe or iwi was essentially a large territory based on social unit headed by a supreme chief. The iwi is divided into a set of hapū or sub-tribes and sub-tribe is made up of families or whānau. Within each tribe three social strata are identifiable, the socially elite, the commoners and the slaves. At the top of the socially elite are the leading chiefs, the ariki, senior by descent from the original ancestors of the tribe, and the rangatira, also chiefs.
In this work I have tried to achieve a sculptural form. With the posture and in particular lines of the arms flowing into the chest I think I have succeeded.
*Exhibited in “Call of Taranaki,” August 16 — November 17, 2013 at Puke Ariki, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
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.
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