“For an artist, eagles have it all — power, shape, majesty. That head is so commanding, searching and decisive. I hope I have not failed to transfer that personality to this form.”
The feathers of eagles are regarded as sacred to many North American cultures and are often traditionally used in healing ceremonies and as decoration on dance masks. Eagle down feathers are also gathered and used in shamanic and chief rituals. The down was often utilized on a frontlet; a headdress that comprised of a carved forehead piece representing the family crest, frequently inlaid with abalone shell as decoration and as sign of wealth, and would be worn on the head and danced. The dressing of the headdress frequently used ermine pelts and prongs of sea lion whiskers which circled the top. The crown of the headdress would be filled with eagle down that would cling to the sea lion whiskers. As the dancer whirled and performed, he or she would thrust the head forward to shake the down loose and it would float landing on invited guests as a symbol of luck and respect.
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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