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Pitau o te Po pot


  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 5 × 9 × 9 inches
  • Reference Code: KX11001


Pitau o te Po is a contemporary development of an ancient design. The design alludes to the glimmer of light observed occasionally by the children of Papatuanuku and Ranginui (earth mother / sky father). The children (i.e. the Māori Gods) saw the light through the armpits of Papatuanaku, as they lay confined by the embracing parents. This light was the incentive for liberation and growth.

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.

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