Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tane and First Woman


  • Medium: kauri
  • Size: 30 × 8.5 × 8.5 inches
  • Reference Code: KR90701

The god Tane, son of Ranginui (Sky father) and Papatuanuku (Earth mother) and creator of all living things was desirous to meet a human woman.

Unable to find one he determined to create one. At the beach he fashioned a woman from sand modeling a full body complete with all parts. When finished he chanted a karakia (ritual chant), breathed life into her body and called her Hine Ahu One (woman shaped from sand).

This sculpture depicts Tane and Hine Ahu One with an ever vigilant Tui bird acting as kaitiaki (guardian) over them. It is the artist’s interpretation.

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.